A few months ago, debut author R S Pateman told us all about his book deal moment when his novel, The Second Life of Amy Archer, went up for auction securing him a two book deal for a six figure sum. Today his publishers, Orion, have offered three copies for our Novelicious readers - please leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning one of them - and Rob has kindly given us an exclusive account of his visit to the printers to see his debut novel being printed and bound. Over to you Rob...
As a debut author, every part of the publication process has been an eye
opener – in a good way. From writing my book, The Second Life of Amy Archer,
to getting an agent, from meeting with the editorial team at Orion to seeing
the first roughs for the cover, it’s all been fascinating. I’m sure other
debutantes have found the same.
Having been through the rest of it, I was sure I’d be following in well-worn footsteps down to the printers to see the final stage of production – the printing of the book.
My request to go and see ‘my baby’ coming off the presses at Clays took both my editor and my agent by surprise. That surprised me. Apparently none of their other authors had ever asked to visit the printers. That astonished me. I just assumed it was a rite of passage for debut authors, but it turns out it was just me being a geek. Who knew?