I am in receipt of the final final final set of proofs for my novel, Dart. Which is scary because I used to proofread professionally back in the days of galley proofs and Tippex and learnt then that the only thing more certain than the small error that escaped your red Bic is the fact that some bastard will gleefully point it out to you.
Although that hasn't been the case with my poetry collection, Communion. It was a while before I could even open it after it was published. When I did manage it, I saw one very minor thing I wished I'd noticed and changed at proofing stage, but no one else has ever said anything and now I can't remember what it was.
That said, I'm really not keen on the idea of living down a novel with a hideous error half way down page 73 (or anywhere else) so I'll be proofing carefully between now and the New Year. Never mind Christmas, it's publication day that's looming.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of the Valley of the West Dart, where my story is set.
The West Dart at Huccaby
Over the stone stile
Longaford Tor, Higher White Tor and Bellever Tor from Hexworthy
Stepping Stones at Sherberton Firs
My novel, Dart, will be published by Tamar Books (an imprint of Indigo Dreams) on 4th February 2012. More details here, and here.
You might be avoiding Amazon on account of their (tax) avoidance, but fret not, my poetry collection, Communion, is also available from Indigo Dreams for £6.99.