THE RAKE’S DAUGHTER, the second book in the Bellaire Gardens series, has been approved by my editor, and has gone in for copyediting — that’s where a copyeditor checks that no Australian/English spelling has crept in, any typos are found and fixed, no character’s eyes have changed color, and it all makes perfect sense. It’s amazing how small mistakes can be overlooked, despite the number of times I and my editor have read it. (My editor has read it at least twice — before and after revisions — and I couldn’t even guess at how many times I’ve read it.) So thank goodness for the eagle eye of the copyeditor.
After copyediting I get to read it again, and accept or reject the copyeditor’s suggested changes, then the book goes back to be laid out the way it will appear in the final book and I’m sent a pdf proof copy. That’s my last chance to spot a mistake — not to change or improve anything — it’s too late for that. I print off any pages where a change needs to be made, take photos of them with the mistake marked, send them back, and then that’s done.
I haven’t been given a release date yet, and I don’t yet have a cover, or a final back cover blurb.
A few people have wondered about the setting of Bellaire Gardens, where all the heroines live. It was inspired by several large private gardens in London — not the ones you can look at through railings, and get into with a key, or climb the fence as in the film Notting Hill. No, this garden can only be accessed through the back gates of the houses that enclose the garden. You can’t even see the garden from the street — maybe a tree-top or two over the roof-tops, if you’re looking carefully.
Like this garden, which is one of the ones that inspired me. Above is the view from the street — there’s no sign of a garden at all, is there?
And below is the view of the private garden behind the houses. Nice, eh?