Crossposted from http://parsantium.wordpress.com/blog
Thought I should give a quick update on what's been happening with the book in the last week or so.
My brilliant editor has been working her way through the manuscript, making my words read better and asking me lots of intelligent questions which have prompted me to explain things better for the reader. One of the things I've come to realise in writing Parsantium for publication is that while it might be crystal clear in my head, that does not necessarily mean it's clear to the person reading my words for the first time! The first chapter (of six) is done and editing is well underway on Chapter Two.
Joe Shawcross has nearly finished the cover and it looks amazing! He has one more little tweak to do and then it will be done. I hope to be able to share it here towards the end of next week.
Marc Radle has sent me his initial head sketches of several important NPCs. These are looking good and will become even better inked black & white drawings. As a sneak preview, here's his initial sketch of Tapasranjan, Master of Southern Magic and head of the Esoteric Order of the Blue Lotus. The Grand Master is a vanara who likes to do his thinking while levitating in the lotus position.
That's about it for now. Let me know in the comments if there is anything you want to hear more about in future updates.
Oh, and one more thing.... how does Forgesmoke sound as the name for the dwarven homeland? Or do you have a better suggestion?