Saturday, 15 March 2008

Drafts and more...

After two weeks, I'm back to tell the boring rest of the story. :)

The first draft of the book ended up containing 170,477 words, which David quickly told me was too much and he asked me to pare down the manuscript to about 90,000 words. David and I also worked on the detailed outline for the book, shaping and editing it to keep it consistent and to remove some more tangential aspects of the original proposal. With a completed outline, I finished up this second draft on December 27 2007, with about 115,000 words. Close enough? :)

Yes, and David accepted this and edited a third draft which I received about a month ago. This one had 103,000 words. When we met again at the GallifreyOne convention last month, he asked me to read through the draft and edit or input any changes I felt necessary. I quickly began and finished, and sent him the 4th draft in late February.

As of now, this draft is being read by an independent reader and will then receive a couple more final read-throughs and edits before final approval and type-setting, and then ... the book is ready for printing!

So, what now? Well, I'll have to think of strange (not really) and hopefully thoughtful things to say until I get word of the book. But wait until you see the cover ... :)