I worked pretty much nonstop from the time I got up yesterday until around 8:30 in the evening, finishing my newest book, Big Lake Wedding. Yes, Sheriff Jimmy and Robyn finally got to walk down the aisle. But it wasn’t without plenty of challenges thrown in on their way to holy matrimony.
This is my 33rd book, my 23rd novel, and the 14th book in my Big Lake mystery series. This first draft came in at 73,000 words, not counting front matter and the teaser first chapter for the next book in the series at the end. That puts it right about the middle of the range of words for a typical Big Lake book. The shortest was Crazy Days In Big Lake at just over 67,000 words, and the longest in the series was Big Lake Lynching, a shade over 100,000 words. The rest fall in the mid-70,000 word range.
Today I will read through the manuscript and fix any glaring errors I need to change and polish it up a bit here and there. Then I will print it out for Miss Terry to do the first round of editing and proofing. When she’s done with that it will start circulating through my different proofreaders. If all goes well, it will take another week or 10 days before it’s available on Amazon as an e-book. The print version will take a few more weeks for it to be formatted and published.
Last night my daughter asked if I felt a sense of accomplishment finishing the new book. I told her no, right now I just feel tired. Between finishing the book and writing the blog, it was an over 8,000 word day. But I know I will feel a sense of accomplishment when it goes live on Amazon. I always do.
So what’s next? Once the new book is out and I’ve had a chance to catch my breath, I will start in on Sweet Tea And Jesus, the fifth book in the John Lee Quarrels series. But before that happens, if at all possible, I plan to get out on the water and do some fishing. It’s been way too long!
Be sure to enter our new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.