I’m on the last lap. My editors, Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards, have read, scrutinised and commented on the various incarnations of “Shadows on the Grass” and all I have to do now is to put Peter’s final emendations in place.
The odd typo is easy. I’ve found a few myself the last time I did an edit. The comments take more processing. There are places where the text is not clear, or it’s not obvious which character is speaking. There are also the few clumsy or awkward sentences that need honing so that the whole will run more smoothly.
I’ve spent much of today hunched over my computer working on what I hope will be the last edit and there is only one more chapter to go. I could push on and finish tonight, but part of me doesn’t want to.
This book has been part of my life for the last six months and I’m reluctant to let it go. Once I get to the end, then there is no more I can, or should do. Because there is a point in any book where enough is enough. Whatever its flaws “Shadows on the Grass” must be allowed out into the world.
It’s a little like saying goodbye to your child. You’ve done your best and now it’s time for them to stand on their own two feet.
For which of course I need to rev up the marketing ….