The end of the Isles

With 96 days to go to publication and some eight months after I commenced writing, Isles at the Edge of the Sea is, at long last, completed. I sent the manuscript – all 71,000 words of it – to my publisher, Sandstone Press, today. It has been a labour of love, but not always – at…

Isles at the Edge of the Sea – a title at last

After much mithering, my book on the Hebrides (and the Firth of Clyde islands) finally has a title: Isles at the Edge of the Sea. Hebrides (from the Norse word Havbredey) roughly translates as isles at the edge of the sea, although I’ve had it on good authority that it may also mean sheep islands, which is not the most…

25,000 words

Another milestone – 25,000 words written, about a third of the way towards my target, and the book is beginning to take shape. Sandstone Press, my publisher, has put this on their website, which makes it all seem very real. Let’s hope I can live up to my billing of bringing ‘wit and intelligence’ to…

The writing

The journey over, the writing has started, and I have churned out almost 14,000 words in 10 days. It has been a long, time-hungry process. Constantly, as I read and re-read my words, I ask the same questions. Is it any good?  Will anyone want to read this? Will anyone actually pay good money for this? It can be a…