I’ve spent a chunk of this weekend doing edits on a new short that’s due out August 17th. Prep Work is my first story with Dreamspinner, and since everything’s new with this publisher, I’ve hesitated to say a lot about it. I’m learning the drill with them, though, and now I’m getting excited.
So far, everyone has been delightful to work with, and things are going smoothly. Covers aren’t an issue — my story is roughly 13,500 words and is in a line that gets a standard cover. The photo sites suck me in for hours while I find pictures to dream about but never use, so I haven’t fallen into that time sink lately. Edits have gone well — where we haven’t agreed, we’ve discussed, and the results have satisfied us all.
We’ve even worked out some preliminary blurbs. I think we’ve got some catchy candidates –here’s one:
Celebrity chef Jude Marshall’s ditched his camera crew for the first time in a month – he’s been eating his way through local cuisines on several continents for his television show. No spider-on-a-stick this trip, thank God. Jude’s exhausted; all he wants on his London layover is a pint of beer and some comfort food. Stumbling into a gastro-pub, Jude instead finds haute cuisine; his grumbles bring him face-to-face with chef – and fan – Tommy Bell.
When Jude steps into the kitchen to autograph Tommy’s copy of his cookbook, he finds himself lending a hand, and discovers it’s possible to tenderize a hardened heart.