I know it’s only five days since The Princelings and the Pirates was published on Amazon KDP Select, but I have already started editing the third book, The Princelings and the Lost City. I am aiming to publish it on Amazon just after Pirates comes out of its exclusivity period, i.e. the beginning of May.
I hope I’ve learned a lot about editing since I started. Reading Aimee Salter’s editing guide has been a great help, even if I don’t want to agree with some of it. The trouble is, when I try some of the things I don’t agree with, it looks or reads better. Or I think of a rewrite that would improve it even more!
Already in the first chapter I have come across a continuity problem. It’s to do with the rules governing the Lines of Succession in Castles. In Pirates I spent a long time working out how Fred could be Ludo’s heir but Uncle Vlad could be King Cole’s heir before Fred. I like my solution. But one of the understories in Lost City is about females in the line of succession. I can make another rule, but if so I think I’d better write these down, otherwise a few more problems will arise (Fortune’s line, for example). Well, I always thought this blog would be useful for ‘back story’ work!