I just finished off rewrites for Stefano’s stand-alone Lily Quinn novel, Howling For More. Just in case it’s not clear, the rewrite pass is when I go through Aron/Eric’s original manuscript and retype the whole thing with about a bazillion additions and changes. The draft he gave me was about 35,000 words. The one I’m handing back is just over 60,000.
The book isn’t finished just yet. In addition to still needing cover art, we’ve got about a dozen rounds of editing and beta reading before Howling For More is ready for publication. But the first and second drafts are the longest, most difficult part of any manuscript. We’re maybe… 80% done with the book, I think?
Don’t let that figure fool you, though. I’m SUPER excited! For one thing, it’s been a while since I finished a full-length novel. All of the Lily Quinn books fall into the category of novellas, but Howling For More is a full and proper novel.
For another, that means we’re on the downhill side of the overall process. And when I’m done with Howling For More, it’s time to get back to work on Hangman’s Cross! It’s been nearly two years now since I had to put that book down to write Lily Quinn. At the time, we weren’t sure exactly what to do with Hangman’s Cross and the second book, Burning Noose. But we’ve finished 14 books since then – HOLY SHIT! – and feel ready to tackle that story again.
I’m excited about the work I’ve finished, but even more excited about the work ahead of me. So I guess I better get to it!