The first draft is done. It ended up going 20,000 words over my goal and might even be a little longer when I do the second draft. I have a few scenes I have notes on but haven’t written yet. They were story lines which cropped up later in the book and I want to go back and lay in some ground work. Now the interesting part. Normally, I would finish, take a few days off, and then dive into the edits. Not this time. Instead I am putting the book aside.
It will now have to sit patiently while I write the last book in my Dark Lands Trilogy and do my last edit of book 2. I will be completely finishing book 3 (this includes all edits). Which means I have no idea when I will be getting back to Keepers to do the edits and rewrites. I don’t think it should be a real problem. It was a different type of book for me and maybe a little time will allow me to make it better. I have to do it this way though. Now that I have the first Dark Lands book up for sale I feel the need to finish everything in that series before moving on.
If all goes well I will be back to edit Keepers somewhere around November. Then I will have to decide on the final title. It was never intended to be Keepers and I don’t think it will end up with that title. I have a few thoughts kicking around up there. If one settles in as the winner I will probably have the art for the book cover drawn early.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks. My stomach is barely holding on as the sales trickle in for my first two books. Again, not because I thought I was going to be an instant bestseller. Far from it. It’s just the knowledge there is no going back now. After 35 years I have finally let the world see my fiction writing. It wasn’t an easy step for me to make.
This weekend I am relaxing and playing video games. Catching up on some reading and sleep. Then it will be time to dive back into the writing process. Plus, Sheri and I are also going to see The Blue Man Group, so a little reward for another novel under the belt.