Projects and progress

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two months since my last “progress” update.
It’s been a few days since I completed the latest edit of my big work-in-progress fantasy novel. Now for the hard part.

I’ve spent a lot of time reading about them, but I’ve never written a query letter. I’ve never written a synopsis of my own work, either, and I need to have both! One of the big goals left on my to-do list for the month of October is to get those things done so I can begin sending queries to agents, and while I hope I can fit it in, we’ll see.

I’ve never been able to figure out what sort of witchcraft is involved in boiling a whole book down to a paragraph or two of description. Especially when it’s not exactly a short book.

Actual word count for book one!

One of the most interesting parts of preparing a book for this stage is looking back and seeing how different it is from its original incarnation. So much has changed, but the core story remains the same. It’s just streamlined and more solid than it was. I’m sure there are still things to change and fix, and I’ll be doing one more read-through this month to look for any glaring errors, but I feel okay about where the story stands right now.

Of course, editing book one of the trilogy isn’t the only thing that’s kept me busy. I’ve been working on book two, plodding away at a whopping 100 words or so each day. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you stop and consider I had zero words written for book two at the beginning of the year, the fact I’m working through the halfway point looks all the more impressive. Just over 90,000 words!

There’s other things in planning, too. Several new story ideas have popped into my head, including one short story set in the same world as the trilogy. It’s a simple story, but has some elements to it that make it unusual, so I’m looking forward to writing it and maybe submitting it to some literary journals while querying for book one. The most important part is just that I keep pushing forward. Onward and upward, bettering my work and myself, until this book eventually hits the shelves.

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