Sunday, February 8, 2015
It's done at last!
Earlier this evening I typed the last words of the fifth draft of the fourth book in the Maxwell Saga, 'Stand Against the Storm'.
It's taken me over a year to put this one together. There were times I got so frustrated with it I wanted to just walk away from it, jump a few years ahead in Steve's life, and do something else; but that would have been cheating. I went on changing the storyline, reworking the plot, and trying again. I think at last I've got something that's both feasible and enjoyable.
Now comes the tricky part: editing a year's worth of work to make sure that everything hangs together, nothing's left dangling, and the purple socks Steve wears on page 137 don't morph into black fishnet stockings on page 142. (Just kidding!) I'll do a major editing pass over the next four to five days, then ask two long-established beta readers who haven't yet seen it to give it a quick read over next weekend and see what they think. While they do that I'll do more editing passes. All being well, the novel will be published in e-book format within 10-12 days, unless I need a few more days to fix any unexpected problems. (Here's hoping not!) A print edition will follow within another 1-2 weeks.
Yours truly is going to sleep well tonight. I'm a tired puppy!