Hubby as a Failsafe, and a Post to say I’m not Posting?

Well, you know how it is, I’m into the final swing and have to keep going – I want The King’s Sacrifice, the second in the Khekarian Series, to be out there as quickly as possible.

Anyway, I have to. If somebody I know keeps tapping his foot, his ankle may weaken and his foot might fall off.



I’m at the keyboard, and it’s going great. Seriously, the final pages are coming together better than I hoped and I will be finished probably by the end of this month (June). That just leaves another impatient dude dedicated admirer of my prose to have first read and catch any glaring errors or imbalances before The King’s Sacrifice is released to the world.

By this point, I have read it a couple of dozen times myself, focusing on different threads or the balance between chapters, with the occasional look through from the start. Therefore, I have a fair idea all is well. Nevertheless, I also shamelessly use my husband as a failsafe system. He reads it before it goes out.

I do this because Greg has not read it at all and does not know how the story goes, nor how it ends, whereas I have been drenched in the plot since its inception. He is fresh to the plot and will see it clearly. He also doesn’t give me false praise or unnecessary criticism, so I trust his judgment. I might not change anything to suit his wishes, but I do listen. So there! 😛

While Greg reads through the manuscript, I shall take the chance to step away and let it go. As time is pressing, this step away shall be brief (a week rather than a month – can’t be helped). I just need to be able to step back in, read it with fresh eyes, and satisfy myself that my work is as good as it can be.

If this transpires and there is no yelling, whimpering, begging or threatening going on (from either of us), then I let it fly.

I will try to keep posting, but if I miss any, well, you know why. Won’t be long now, folks. 😀

Yes (for those not paying attention), I DID recently change the name of book two AND the covers of both. Click to have a look.

The Khekarian Threat

The King’s Sacrifice

Cheers! 🙂


2 thoughts on “Hubby as a Failsafe, and a Post to say I’m not Posting?

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Marie! 🙂

      Thank you. Yes, sometimes a break is essential. I always try to take a break before the final read through, otherwise I feel too close to it. It’s too easy for a writer to assume the readers can see what the writer wants them too. By stepping away and coming back to it, the writer can see if what is on the page is what the writer thinks is on the page.

      At other times, of course, breaks are good for other reasons, although it always helps to come back and see the work through fresh eyes.

      Cheers! 🙂


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