Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It needs to lose weight. The book knows it and I know it. But every day we eye that seductive but calorie-laden little piece of description, that juicy little sub-plot, that inessential decorative quote.
'Yes,' I know it doesn't look like much, I tell my book, 'but it all mounts up, does it? A few moments on the keyboard, another month before you lose it on the next edit. Get a grip.'
In other news, I have just spied that my friend Debra Hamel's The Mutilation of the Herms book is free today on Kindle. This is a fascinating little tale giving a great insight on life in ancient Greece, I learnt a lot. More details here. The offer is to celebrate the publication of her new book: Ancient Greeks in Drag. I haven't read this yet, but shall do as soon as I've finished this diet.