I have a nice feeling in tummy, its the feeling of something accomplished. My third novel, and the follow-up to Witch on the Warpath, is complete.
Gristle's Revenge has taken a couple of years to finish, I started it in 2015 straight after publishing WOTW and before I knew I was going to change jobs. Now that the words are done, I need to review the storyline and plot for any glaring errors, along with typos I notice. After this it's consideration for the cover and illustrations.
Last time, for WOTW, my initial idea was for several full page illustrations, but this didn't pan out so I changed them to chapter heading illustrations. The one's of the characters were done by a friend and I undertook the twenty-three others of scenery and animals. This involved me spending a lot of time on Ramsgate beach, Ellington Park and Margate cemetery.
This time, I would like some illustrations of the characters again, along with my own work, like last time. However funds are even tighter this time round with no profits made yet on the first novel. I was hoping to use money from WOTW to assist with publishing GR. It seems like footballers, it only the highest peak of writers that can make a living at it. Working full-time probably has something to do with it too, but I can't survive financially otherwise.
So, I'm thinking I might ask any local budding illustrators, including those in my writing group, if they'd like the chance of providing an illustration. Sadly, I've no funds to pay this time as my funds are strictly rationed for the proof editing, formatting, cover and printing costs. It will give someone an opportunity to have their work published and showcase their work too. Their work will be accredited in the book too. If you check out WOTW you'll see Jim Scott received his own bio and page.
In GR there are a lot of new characters and of course some of the old ones too. Onk and Harty are on another adventure, this time in the Neath Realms. They meet Stone Dwarves, Gaggle gnomes and Demon Stones along with a smattering of unusual animals and birds. Tenamunday gets involved too plus a whole bunch of Demons.
There's lots of scope for creativity for illustrators and I'm happy to talk, meet and discuss my ideas with anyone who is interested.