I wrote the last lines of THE OAK AND THE MOON last night just before midnight. Fifty-five chapters, one epilogue, and 160,627 words. This first draft is the longest one yet. I start my edits immediately–or, I should say, I resume my edits. I’ve already edited the first 128,463 words. They’re ready for my editor. The remaining 32,164 should be a breeze due to the care I took with the initial writing.
For the past couple weeks I’ve been sifting through five and a half years’ worth of notes. Most were used. Some were discarded. Others were saved for books 4 and 5.
And you won’t believe this: only ONE F-bomb. Hard to believe, I know. But you’ll understand why when you read it. You’ll also understand why this book is so long. More on that later. :)
Progress of THE OAK AND THE MOON
First Draft: Complete! (160,627 words)
My revisions: In progress (79% complete)
Professional editing: Starts mid-July
Final Draft: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Cover art: Not started
Congrats! You must feel a great sense of accomplishment.
Thanks! And yes, it’s amazing to be done with such a monster of a book. I keep having to remind myself all that’s left is editing. It blows my mind.
Yaaa! Cant Wait!
It will be worth the wait, I promise! :)
A well-placed F-bomb is a virtuous reality check. Every book should have one!
Well said and so very true.
Kudos and salutations. Am now stalking you on WordPress. Now the games continue…
LOL I love it. Bring it on.