Countdown to Publication Day: The Proof Copy

NPDP Proof copy

Lest my dear blogging friends are feeling somewhat neglected of late, I’ve been lost in another dimension ruled by Canis sapiens.

This has made a change from fighting giant inter-dimensional woodlice (pill bugs) in a girls boarding school, as in my science fantasy novel Desiccation.

Please bear with me a little longer, while I finish checking through the proof copy of Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, which is an upper-middle grade crossover children’s  fantasy novel.

It’s quirky, of course!

Recently, when I suggested it was time that I wrote something straight-genre and non-quirky,  a few people reacted along the lines of  “being normal is just not you“. I’m hoping they meant this as a compliment.

Under acknowledgements in my canine novel, it says, “Thank you to my husband, Victor, for designing the book cover and surviving the experience”. In fact we only had one argument (not that heated) about the choice of font and its size; especially the latter, when it started out too small to read easily as an online thumbnail image.

My official launch will be in the early part of September. I will confirm the date shortly, plus whet your appetites with a preview of the blurb.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

22 thoughts on “Countdown to Publication Day: The Proof Copy”

  1. Congratulations Sarah! Look forward to buying a copy on Amazon. (I now feel really guilty that I’ve made no real inroads with Soul Survivor – WT – I’m gonna have to get my finger out.
    Well done. 🙂

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  2. Yay, Sarah! I’m so excited for your book to come out so I can share it with people. I’m wondering what AR level it would be, too, but that’s another issue. Does the British system use AR (I think that stands for advanced reader) and/or lexile scores for children’s literature? In any case, looks like you’re making great progress—most of us take years to release two books and here you release two books in, what, less than a year!?

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    1. There is such a thing as MG novels for advanced readers in the UK. I’ve assessed random bits of text, which puts its readability at fairly easy and suitable for children from grade 5 to 7 (ages 10-13). So I’m guessing that anyone in the lower end of the middle grade level, aged 8 & 9, would need to be an advanced reader. I will most likely put this info in my Amazon product description as guidance for potential purchasers.
      Re releasing two books in one year, I have got the advantage of having already written five books and just having to edit them — albeit, somewhat savagely, plus passing it by my most esteemed beta reader LWS — whereas some people have to write their second book from scratch. Of course, Leigh, I’m thrilled at your enthusiasm for my Dog-People novel!


      1. That’s good to know about the reading levels; I’d never in my life thought about it (until I had children and friends writing in Britain!). I’m wondering if you’ve approached any teachers of these levels about your current novel? I know one [in the family] fairly well whom I can approach, though we’re not exactly good friends (wish I could say we were). That’s part of my ambitious plan, anyway. We’ll see what happens!

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      2. Well, Leigh, if you can brave approaching this teacher and she likes my book, you might end up as better friends;-) Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support. It’s greatly appreciated:-)


      1. Ha ha! My mom died before she could read The Keeper of the Crystal Spring. It would be interesting to know if she would have cringed at the language and a couple of sex scenes. In the one I’m working on now, only one character swears, and it would be out of character for her NOT to. Hope you are well. We are battening down the hatches for autumn.

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      2. It’s all about authentic characterisation in the end. I couldn’t have had the mods in my novel saying, “Oh, fudge”. It just wouldn’t have worked. I’m moderately well, thank you, Naomi, which means that I’m inching there and improving a little bit each day, a fortnight on from the flu. I can smell Autumn in the air in the early mornings and evenings. We have been gathering in the last of the marrows and picking apples down at our allotment. I might do a photo shoot of them for my blog. The marrows are really impressively large.

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  3. Fascinating title and great cover – well done Victor! And only one (minor) argument…that’s wonderful 😉 Sarah, I am so very proud of you my dear friend (and ‘not being normal’ is definitely a compliment). Greatly looking foward to the blurb and launch. Much love and huge hugs ❤ xxxxxxx

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    1. Dearest Sherri, thanks for popping over to my blog and for your lovely comment 🙂 This wasn’t the post I texted you about, but still I very much appreciate your encouragement. I think maybe that my text message beat any email notification you might have received of today’s post. Here’s the link to it Your opinion is always so much valued. Much love to you, too, plus huge hugs xxxxxxxx

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      1. You are right dearest Sarah, I commented here before I got your message about the poll, have now duly voted and commented as promised…hope it is useful, and thank you, it’s nice to think someone values my opinion! 😉 Your blurb is intriguing and exciting, making for a great YA story. Have a lovely day and week ahead my dear friend, I hope all the last minute details go as smoothly as possible and sending much love and hugs right back to you ❤ xxxxxxx

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