NaNoWriMo is over, now the work begins.


NaNoWriMo is a month-long creative writing challenge that takes place every November.

NaNo is over for another year.

In the end, I managed to write 61762 new words of I Remember Everything in November. These were added to the 6345 words of notes and ideas that I had before I started.

The manuscript is now with my editor, whilst I eagerly (and nervously) await her verdict. She’s the first person to set eyes on the full story, so it’s the moment of truth. Have I wasted a month or is there enough in what I’ve written to make a novel?

Will it be any good, will people want to read it?

We will have to wait and see. I think it’s a good story, comments on the chapter I sent out as a taster have been mostly positive.


If you missed it, you can read Chapter One here.


When I get the corrected copy back, I can address all the points raised and rewrite it as necessary.

I usually add at least ten thousand more words at this point, as new ideas spring up, based on thoughts I’ve had in the meantime (I keep a list) and prompts from the corrections.

When that’s all done, I’ll produce an ARC ebook and offer it to my beta team, newsletter subscribers and anyone else who might be interested. That will be for January or February.

If they like it, I will attend to any corrections that they find, before returning it to my editor for a final polish. I will then set up eBook and paperback versions and upload them to Amazon, with a release date.

Meanwhile, I’ve been getting on with the important job of producing graphics for the book. I already have a front cover and blurb that I quite like.


A psychological thriller.

It’s the big question. Where do we go, when it’s all over?
What happens to our unfinished business?
At 20:08, Detective Ian Gisbon is murdered.
At the same instant as he dies, on the other side of the country, Suzan Halford is born.
Nobody could have guessed that locked in her head is the key to unmasking Ian’s killer.

All Suzan has to do is grow up and remember it.

Before she’s aware of her knowledge, a chance discovery sets an unstoppable chain of events in motion, and Suzan’s life spirals out of control.

What’s happening is impossible, it’s destroying her family. And driving her crazy.

There’s only one person she can turn to, the only one who can help. But they’ve been gone for years. Finding them will mean that justice can finally be done.


It’s time to produce the full paperback wrap.



And some promo slides, some with hooks, which can be exchanged for beta reader’s comments to be inserted.




As for publication, if I go ahead, that will be in April/May next year.

Just before I hit publish on this post, my editor’s comments arrived.

To my relief, she liked the overall concept. In between all the technical stuff, she said,


“Cracking plot! I knew I would enjoy this from the blurb you sent. You’ve managed to create something quite different.”


That’s promising, however, we both agree that there is much to do to get it to a finished stage. At least I’m on the right track.


I’ve already started work on the second draft.



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