Close to the Finish Line

In which I detail my current editing status and more good news. Includes a snippet!

Close to the Finish Line
Photo by Brett Jordan / Unsplash

It's been a long week (as was the last one), but I'm looking forward to my three day weekend! One of the perks to working at a school means when they're off, we're off, too. It also means my paycheck is going to take a hit, but I'll manage.

I've been editing my novel in ten chapter chunks a week, and will hopefully be done by the end of the week. With this round of edits, anyway. This is the big one, where I go through and flesh everything out and make a few adjustments. I still need to run my manuscript through ProWritingAid and work on formatting.

So far, it looks like this book will be 300 pages in paperback (Scrivener says 210, but PDF says differently). Obviously I need to play around a bit to get my final numbers, but I feel pretty confident about this! Current word count is 73,084, by the way!

Oh, and good news—I've found a good cover artist I want to work with! I hope to have my new cover by early October, and if I love the results, will commission her to redo my Fluid Bonding Cover. As much as I love it, it doesn't scream "vampire". I also went with it because I had a hard time finding a designer who worked with POC (other than the one and I didn't like the models she used), who is herself a Latina woman and draws black people well.

I can't wait to show it off! I'm sure everyone will love it.

Here's a small snippet from chapter 19:

She could be angry with them all she liked; they deserved that. But they could also soothe that rage, if allowed.

But Svenja pulled away.

“Call your girlfriend if you’re looking for comfort,” she said, looking every bit as tired as she sounded. “I need to be alone.”