So. Book 5’s main draft is done.
Looking at my timeline for this book is pretty embarrassing. According to my notes, I started the rough draft on 11/1/16, finished it on 3/7/18, then immediately started this draft. Which I have just now finished, nine months later.
So much for speeding up my production cycle!
The rough draft clocked in at 439 pages (in my preferred page/font size), which came out to 317k words. Whereas the main draft, this one, ended up as….338 pages and 246k words. I fricking gutted this book.
Book 1’s final final version is 186k words. B2 is 238k words. B3 is 336k words, and B4 is 288k. So if this one stays around this size, I am indeed making a bell-curve of book sizes, which is something I weirdly kind of want? Remains to be seen if B6 will follow that trend or expand into something very different.
I now have to wait for my beta readers to go over the last bit of b5 I’m shipping them, then go through the final draft (possibly chapter by chapter on googledocs with my alpha) and deal with all the new notes this draft generated, then format everything. Also, of course, I need a cover. Cover Artist has been having a rough time recently, so Book 5 might not roll out til mid-late spring at this rate… But that’s just how it is. I’m on no timeline but my own — though I do hate to keep people waiting.
Anyway, thanks for your patience. I’ll try to post more while I have some brain-space available (aka while the betas are doing their thing), but it being holiday time, who knows if I’ll succeed?