Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Falcon's Eye by S. Nathan

I'm happy to announce that the debut fantasy novel of S. Nathan, The Falcon's Eye is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on Friday 12th September.

The Falcon's Eye is a monster of a book, and it's gone through many drafts and revisions. My involvement over almost a year was as content and copy editor. What struck me about the book is the depth of the world building and characterisation, coupled with the creation of a culture that is a far cry from the usual medieval European setting. The attention to detail and the labor of multiple redrafts really shows, and the result is a compelling protagonist (Ava Noface) through whom the reader is led piecemeal into a world as tangible as the one around us.

Here are some reflections from the author:

I grew up with Ava Noface. 

She started out as a sketch in the corner of my notebook while I was supposed to be studying for a Maths exam. Within an hour, she had a name and a past, and her story evolved over the seven years I spent writing it. What started out as a hundred pages of scribbles and drawings grew into a complete story, and Ava was always there to give me reprieve from the daily grind. 

I learned how to be a storyteller from her, and once I actually got around to editing and publishing, I learned how to be a writer from a lot of brilliant people. Participating in writing workshops and NaNoWriMo gave me the discipline to write every day, and my background with science, history, and architecture helped me build the world that Ava lives in. I had the support of my family to pull me through my slumps and keep up my ambition and optimism. Writing ‘The Falcon’s Eye’ wasn’t easy, and it involved a lot of hard work, late nights, and frustration, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

All in all, it’s been a journey–a wild, wonderful journey–and it’s only just begun.     

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Mitchell Hogan Wins Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Homunculus client, Mitchell Hogan, has just won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel for his debut novel, A Crucible of Souls. Aurealis Award Winners

The book received editing input early on from John Jarrold, and then was copy edited by me. It has subsequently been thoroughly re-edited by me for style, content, and further copy, and Mitchell has redrafted significant amounts.

The story has an astonishing breadth of characterisation, intrigue, and world building, and the good news is that book 2, Blood of Innocents, is not far from being released.

I've completed the stage one literary edit and am now working through Mitchell's redrafts. It's a lengthy, but extremely rewarding, process that seeks to tighten structure, clarify prose, and enhance dramatic tension. In every respect, Blood of Innocents is a worthy sequel to A Crucible of Souls, and really ramps up the action, taking the story in a compelling direction.

Monday, 15 July 2013

A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

I'm pleased to announce the start of a very promising new fantasy trilogy, A Crucible of Souls, by Mitchell Hogan. For a debut novel this is more than a little impressive. Mitchell has redrafted multiple times and the effort really shows. Characters are vividly drawn, multi-layered, and in one or two cases, compelling.

Crucible is recognizably epic fantasy, with an orphaned protagonist who is apprenticed and discovers exceptional skills whilst also uncovering an intriguing family history that may have serious implications for his future. But in additional to the standard epic tropes, Hogan joins with the new wave of fantasy authors in his use of morally ambivalent characters, distinct and tight points of view, believable world building, an intelligible magic system, and some edgy, gritty content.

Mitchell engaged fantasy legend John Jarrold for the first round of story editing and after that passed the book to me for copy editing, plus some additional content notes. After some judicious cutting and sharpening of the prose, he let me have it back for proofreading.

It's been a great project to work on for me, particularly given the author's work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes to make the book as good as possible.

A Crucible of Souls should be available as an ebook within the next few weeks, and will be released as a paperback shortly afterwards.

If any of you reviewers out there would like an ARC, please send me an email and I'll forward it to the author.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Editing News

I'm nearly halfway through a mammoth edit for new author Mitch Hogan. This is a colossal first novel that holds a great deal of promise. 

Next up is Witch's Curse by Debra Martin and then Earth Angel: The Third Book of Fallen Angels by Valmore Daniels.

I'm taking bookings from September, but if you need an earlier date, still enquire as there are sometimes cancellations.

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Man Who Watched the World End

Please check out this exciting new book by Chris Dietzel. I copy edited the book some time ago. It recounts a very plausible end to humanity. Some great ideas from a really interesting author.

The Man Who Watched the World End

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Current editing commissions - M.R. Mathias and William Bakke

I'm currently working on The Emerald Rider for M.R. Mathias (a literary edit of the fourth Dragoneers book) as well as beta reading Landfall for William Bakke (science fiction).

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Taking Editing Bookings Again

Having now moved home and set up childcare arrangements, I am now in a position to start accepting new commissions once more. My apologies to those people who queried me during the break; I hope you managed to find an editor to suit your needs.

Please see the right hand side bar for my portfolio. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. For those of you who need an outside opinion but are a little struck for cash, please check out the new beta reading service, which should help point you in the right direction.