|Wattles out in bloom|
So, when I've come to issue Gilfeather as an e-book through FableCroft books, what do I find? A digital copy of Gilfeather that lacks the editing. I don't think there was any single page of the book that didn't need alterations. But how to do it? The paper copy of the edits has long since vanished.
Eventually I decided that the easiest way was to get my computer to read aloud to me from the digital copy. While the computer was doing this, I followed the text in the paperback. Every time the two texts did not match up, I highlighted the section in the paperback. Then after each chapter, I inserted or changed the text in my digital copy accordingly.
This has been very tedious, not to mention time-consuming process. The interesting thing has been how much of the book I had forgotten! I kept on finding bits and thinking to myself: "I don't remember writing this. Hey this is actually quite cool!" Anyway, next month Gilfeather will –- for the first time ever anywhere -– be out in e-book.
The book is set on islands and has a lot to do with beaches, seabirds and stuff like that, so I suppose it's appropriate that yesterday I took a walk to my nearest beach. In half an hour I can be walking on the fringes of the Indian Ocean. Beautiful, largely deserted stretches of sand in both directions.
|A Border Collie charges up and down with typical collie exuberance|
And I think to myself how lucky I am.