This week I spent time devising parameters for my book cover, and giving direction to the graphic artist. I know what I want but I don’t have the expertise with graphic software.
And I spent time with a cartographer (They call ’em GIS specialists nowadays) to order maps for the novel. Earlier I had spent countless hours debating with myself about whether I should go with maps for a novel. But since landscape is a character in this story, I decided to go for it (them).
Two days ago I opened a copy of “Prester John”, by John Buchan. I had acquired this library discard copy some time ago because I remembered I had studied it when I was a high school student, and I had liked the action and the characters and the landscape. (Which are elements of the kind of novel that I admire and wish to emulate.) I wanted to review how he handled them.
And the frontispiece is . . . a map.
So I am simply advancing a great literary tradition.
I have also devoted hours to compiling questions for the Ontario Provincial Police, and this week I interviewed an OPP detective. My novel, “The Beardmore Relics”, features the OPP assisting the civilian protagonist to solve crimes (Yeah, you heard that right). I needed to verify a few things about how real detectives operate, because up till now, I’ve been winging it.
Conclusion – I’ve been amazingly accurate. Just a bit of tweaking to do.
By the end of next week, I should be finished my vetting and rewriting.
Vetting and rewriting. That’s the hard part.