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27 January 2016 @ 11:52 am
Writing Wednesday: I finished a book!  

It always strikes me, when I use that phrase, “I finished a book,” that I usually mean something different than 99% of other people do when they say it. Possibly 99.7%. I, of course, generally mean I finished writing a book, as opposed to reading one. (Although let me tell you, there are times anymore when finishing reading one seems like as much of a triumph…)

Anyway, so on Monday I finished the (oh my god so very) rough draft of REDEEMER, which has been hanging over me for what feels like forever. It came in at 104K, which is about where–in the past couple weeks, anyway–I thought it would land (previous to that, 120K still didn’t seem out of the bounds of possibility). It needs more work than my manuscripts usually do when I finish the draft, which is sad, but that’ll teach me to try to do like three different difficult things in one manuscript. @.@

On one hand it’s a huge relief to have the book done. On the other, finishing it triggers the rest of the production to-do list, and that looks like this:

Redeemer Wars (Redeemer) To Do:
get cover art done
finish manuscript
– revise manuscript to fix notes, descriptions, language, etc
-submit to editor
– revise to editorial specs
– resubmit to editor
– do line edits
– submit to copyeditor
– submit for cover design
– submit for page layouts
– get ISBNs
– submit for econversion
– deliver to kickstarter backers
– submit for possible audio book
– submit for reviews
– submit for self-publication

Obviously this does not all happen at once, but it’s a REALLY LONG LIST and I’m almost certainly forgetting things. So I’m glad to have the book done but AUGH SO MUCH TO DO NEXT. This is why writers like traditional publishing. @>@

Anyway, none of that is happening this week. It’d be nice if none of it was happening even in February, but I’m already horribly late with the book and need to move on it more quickly than not. Still, I need a few days away from it, at least.

In the meantime I’ve reached 41.4K words written for the month of January and it seems like sort of a pity to not push it up to 50K. Sadly, the thing I really kinda wanna to work on isn’t likely to give me that kind of wordcount, not unless I do a great deal more of it than I could reasonably expect in the next five days (so what am I doing instead of working hard on it right now? Writing this blog post!), whereas writing a new Old Races short story would give me close to the wordcount AND get a new story ready for the Patreon crew and is therefore what I obviously *should* be doing.

I’m prolly gonna do the other thing anyway. :) I have a–well, let’s face it, an unrealistic–goal of getting a book out every other month this year, and getting going on this thing might make that possible. Yeah. YEAH. So THERE. SEE?!?!

…or something. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 27th, 2016 12:42 pm (UTC)
I am (please goddess) about to finish the pre-send-to-my-editor revisions on the next Baba Yaga book. Two months late. Of course, after she reads it, there will be another round, and then copy edits, proofs,and such. I guess that explains why the word "done" doesn't make me do the happy dance quite the way it used to.

Or maybe it is the fact that being two months late turning this one in means I have four months to write the next one instead of six...

But still, YAY, finished!
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on January 27th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yaayyyyy! Congratulations!

*waves a little flag*
-peartreealley on January 27th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)

That is a daunting to-do list, but hey. Some of it is handing it off and waiting while you can do something else?
Karenklwilliams on January 29th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
My brother is a middle manager for an insurance company, and I'm a computer scientist. He and I were in post-graduate degree programs at the same time, and we had one of our rare phone conversations where we had both finished making a database. He meant he'd defined the fields and relationships using his relational database management system. I meant I'd written the relational database management system. (OK, not the whole thing, but a major part.)
kitmizkit on January 29th, 2016 09:33 am (UTC)
That's just awesome. :)