I’ve spent the last few years republishing some of the books from my backlist, namely the six fantasy novels published by HarperCollins between 1995-2001. The last book to get this treatment is Dragonflame, the final volume of the Ultimate Dragon Saga trilogy.
I’ve already begun work on the manuscript, a lengthy editorial and proofing process that will eventually result in a clean electronic copy of the original text. You might reasonably wonder why this is even necessary. The answer is simple. I submitted my original draft manuscript to HarperCollins back in 1996. Before the book was published the following year, I worked with my wonderful editor Joy Chamberlain to refine the text. However, the files I have in my possession relate only to that original draft. So, my task is to do a line-by-line read and update those files to match a printed copy of the book. At the same time I’ll review the entire text and correct any minor errors that may have slipped through the net first time around.
Republishing the backlist has given me a golden opportunity to design new covers for all my early novels. I’ve just started work on the Dragonflame cover art. Like the manuscript, this will gradually take shape over the coming months. Above you can the initial sketch I’ll use as the basis for the finished artwork.
Stay tuned to the blog for more news about the Dragonflame reissue as work progresses!