Aquasapien- Book 1 Metamorphosis is now polished. I could polish it some more, but I think I could over do it.
There are 10 chapters in Part One - polished and proof edited, and 13 chapters in Part Two. The whole story currently stands at 124,000+ words. This will be a decent-sized book of around 500+ pages. My proof editor is currently in France going through chapters 11 to 13 and I've parcelled up the remaining chapters into 4 chunks for him to continue.
He comments about one of the scenes taking him by surprise, but I haven't told him there are a couple more to follow like that.
I've spent some time this week mocking up the cover and I like what I've done. It's very similar to the draft on my novels page, but I've started working with the draft blurb for the back cover.
This is what I've got so far.
The person with everything has everything to lose…
JOHN REDSHAW is a man who loves life. An elite mercenary soldier of Unit One, he excels in stealth techniques, weaponry and martial arts. He is also a consummate lover and never short of company.
Returning from yet another successful mission, he unknowingly comes into contact with another lifeform. His body begins to alter and his life starts to unravel, one mission at a time, as his humanity is torn away.
He must adapt, or face this world — alone
I'm hoping to find a cover illustrator off Fivesquid, but so far folk there only want to do e-books and I can do that. I'll need both covers and the spine doing. The last person I used for WOTW was good, but expensive, plus I'd like some texture and have the black areas embossed.
I also need to consider costs. The costs are higher this time because there is more to this book, the printing will be higher too so the price will have to reflect it. I might browse the bookshelves at Waterstones to gather some ideas.
Exciting though - 2nd publication.