It’s done! The first draft of Tales of the Captain Duke #3: A Gentleman and a Scholar is in my hands. It’s ready to be torn to pieces and reformed before I send it off to my darling crew of editors and beta readers.
I find it thrilling, always, to see the book at this stage. When I read through, it’s exciting to see the parts I’ve forgotten and how they all fit together. It’s funny to find all the duplicate words or expressions, those quirks and bad habits of writers everywhere. Editing is the part where you begin to shape and polish what you’ve made. I get to see the areas that still need work and the parts that make my heart sing.
I’m especially pleased, because I sent a couple chapters I was particularly proud of to a beta reader and disability advocate, and her feedback was exactly what I was hoping for. Readers anxiously waiting to hear of Trick’s fate will not be disappointed, and I’m more excited than ever for you to meet Professor Sewell!
This book took longer than the first two. I had various reasons for this – the pressures of a day job, a terribly annoying vitamin deficiency – but really, I wanted it to be perfect. The stories of Clara and the Captain are beginning to intertwine. Cat and Mouse are growing up. Nessa is out for revenge, and Trick is, well, he’s not very happy at the beginning of Book 3. But I feel like I’ve managed to weave the plot threads together in a really beautiful and exciting way. And everything is coming together for Book 4, which will be the final chapter in this saga. (For now!)
It’s going to be a busy few weeks while I finish editing the book and begin the formatting. I’m also in the midst of coordinating the book launch tour for this September! I’ll also be appearing at the Coldwater Steampunk Festival on August 6 – and I’ll have a few ARCs on hand! Stay tuned for upcoming dates and giveaways, which I’ll be announcing in next month’s Airmail newsletter and through social media.
Until then, I’ll be right here: