Perdita, the Witch and the Toyshop by S S Saywack.
It is a delight to edit this author’s work.
When this story came in for editing, I put it straight out to one of our sub-editors for the first of three full edits. Her feedback was that she had to remind herself that she was working. She adored this story and said it was her favourite of everything she’d done since coming to work for us.
BBE had topped the two hundred client mark this month—and I have to say that SS Saywack is one of our best authors. We have worked on both Inglestone Manor and Perdita. They are both excellent and better than highly recommended by the team. We will see a lot more of Perdita, or this author will have an Annie Wiles on his hands.
This is a short story at 12,000 words, and I don’t know whether this is part of a collective book or a stand-alone in what I hope will be a long-running series. I hope the latter. It’s perfect for small people to deal with.
A book for children. This story has just been read by two twenty-something and fifty-something-year-old children, and we loved it. I’d market it for an age range from 5 to 90 years.
Perdita is going to be a detective—like her Dad. She writes notes in her manual and everything.
But there are strange goings-on afoot. Animals and people—children even—are vanishing. The colourful band of strangers who camp at the edge of the forest every year are to blame. It’s Them.
A story for children—a moral for adults. This is a story about prejudice and perception.
Shush, it’s a secret, but buying a set of SS Saywck for my grandchildren in paperback for Christmas. One to look out for, and grab your copy as soon as you see it. I am.
Inglestone Manor By SS Saywack.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.