I have just spent the day formatting “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat” – which consisted of taking the final formatted version of “Fatal Forgery” and then cutting and pasting “Canary” into it. I want the books to look similar, not least because several readers commented last time that they thought that the font and layout of “FF” were both elegant and easy to read. So I have gone back to the lovely American website that sells templates for books (Book Design Templates) and paid my extra fee to use the same template again. (Yes, I could have done it without them knowing, but (a) that’s illegal, and (b) I’d be angry if someone just copied my book without paying for it, so they deserve a fair payment for their hard work in creating such useful and beautiful templates.)
So now it is all printed out and ready for another proofreading. This time round I discovered a marvellous setting on the print dialog which basically stretches the page to fit an A4 sheet – obviously a book page is much smaller than A4 – so I can do my close proofreading without my eyes getting too tired. I will try to get that done this week.
But my major task now is writing the back cover blurb for “Canary”… This is such an important task, and I’m going to ask for your help, so I will finish this post now and start a second one devoted to The Blurb.