A couple of things have been going on, book-wise.
First, Scholastic Audio has acquired the audiobook rights to The Clockwork Three! I’m really excited by this news, and I am grateful that Scholastic is so behind my book on all fronts. The audiobook will be released simultaneously with the print edition. I don’t know which actor will read it, and I doubt I’ll have any input on that. But I’m looking forward to the experience of hearing someone else interpret my story. I think that’s about the closest I’ll be able to come to looking at my book with fresh eyes, the way a reader might.
Last week I finished up the copy edits for The Clockwork Three, and sent them back to my editor. After doing so, I need to take a moment to say that copy editors are amazing. Copy editing is a highly specialized skill, and I have the highest respect for those who possess it. My copy editor’s name is Susan, and I owe her a big thank you.
My editor accepted my copy edits, so the next thing I’ll see will be the typeset pages, or galleys. After I’ve gone through those and marked any changes, the book will go on to be printed. After that, I’ll see the ARCs (advance reader copies). Up until now, my story has had a largely digital existence. I’ve printed a few hard copies on my computer, but the ARC will be the first embodiment of my story as an actual book. I can’t wait to see it.
Rebecca Barnhouse sent me a link to this video of my editor, Lisa Sandell, talking about what she likes about her job, and some of the books she’s worked on. (And also be sure to check out Rebecca’s new novel The Book of the Maidservant, which is getting wonderful reviews. It’s about one of my favorite medieval historical figures, a delightful nut named Margery Kemp.)