I spent most of the day copy editing Black And White. While it is in fact a novela, Biljana brings to the crafting of each line of prose, a poet’s extreme care and craftsmanship in the choice or each word and the construction of each phrase.
Most of the editing was simply a matter of deleting formatting which does not work for eBooks, and especially manually removing every extraneous hard return and page break (an eBook is one long uninterrupted stream of text). I plan to completely set the manuscript aside for the next 24–48 hours so as to be able to read it with a somewhat fresher eye. I am also recruiting a couple of beta readers to give it a final once over. But the process of turning Black And White from a manuscript into an eBook is well under way.
It appears that Biljana needs to be offline for awhile. I know that she has been concerned by the amount of time that social networking sometimes takes away from time spent writing, working and living. I can’t promise you when Biljana will again answer fan mail or pop in to her blog to post a picture or say hello. But the publication of Black And White will definitely continue. And I will for now hope that the day will come that Biljana will decide to log in again and say hello. Or at the very least that she continue to write and allow me to publish such amazing books. In which case she is more than welcome to skip Facebook and Twitter and let me handle marketing her work.