As some of you know, I’ve started working on the final part of the Hunter in the Dark trilogy several weeks ago. Today I am happy to report that I have reached 27% completion on the first draft. If you’re new to this blog you might wonder what’s so special about 27%, but 27 is a number that tends to pop up in my books quite often.
What does this mean in the bigger picture? It’s too early to draw any serious conclusions I’m afraid. First of all, this is only the first draft. Granted, I do the most work on the first draft, but much of the story’s polish doesn’t come until the second or third draft. After those drafts, I still send the book to my Alpha Readers, which usually leads to more edits. Once those are done, I send the book off to the editor, who takes care of pretty much every linguistic imperfection there is, and eliminates any lingering plot holes. Once her feedback has been processed, the book proceeds to the Beta Readers, who try to take out any remaining typos and errors. So, in reality, 27% on the first draft is not 27% done of the total book. Closer to half, really.
Even so, I’m still glad I made it this far in such a short time.
In other news, I’ll be participating in a group promotion called Winter Escapes starting this Friday. In addition to Gift of the Destroyer you’ll be able to get almost thirty fantasy books at a sharply discounted price, and in some cases, for free. On Sunday I’ll be doing a blog post on the promotion website as well, showing you how my characters Sarina and Brenor experienced winter in the Revenant’s timeline. I