Hi everyone! Well, May went past in a flash. If you saw my goals post for May, you'll know that I was in the UK in isolation ahead of house hunting. I'm happy to say that I found a house and had an offer accepted. Very strange circumstances in which to make such a decision. I went to see three places but two were very clearly not right. The third was a show home for a new build and I took tonnes of photos and a long video which I sent to my husband back in Amsterdam and luckily he agreed it was the right one. So we've bought a house he's never seen! It's not ready until September but we move out of our Dutch apartment at the end of July so we're going to be AirBnbing for the summer. A summer in which I'll be writing book 6 and working on the launch for the new community!
But for now, June. I sent back my latest outline for book 6 and am still waiting for feedback from my publisher. I hate this part! Because they could just green light it and I'll start writing, they could like the outline but ask for a sample, which is fine because I can start writing. Or they could say the outline isn't right and then I have to go back to the drawing board. I JUST WANT TO BE WRITING! But patience is definitely a virtue in the traditional publishing world...
I finished my copyedits on book 5 last month so all that is left with that book is page proofs. That's when the manuscript is laid out properly into type set pages that actually look like a book, and I'm sent those pages to do a final check. You can't make extensive changes at this point as it will cause production problems so it's things like typos, transposing words, adding a comma... I like editing, luckily, so I enjoy this part. And it's always lovely seeing it in an almost finished form.
What about you, how did you get on in May and what are your plans for June? If you're going to the Summer Festival of Writing, which events do you plan to watch?