Wow, things went very swimmingly today.
After conquering the climactic scene of SHADA, I became very motivated and productive. I wrote a couple thousand more words, wrapped the novel in a bow and typed: THE END. In its current draft, the novel runs just under 30,000 words. That’ll change as I send it out to beta readers and my editor, I’m sure.
I’m still probably a month away from seeing SHADA reach publication, but this is an exciting moment in the history of this short novel. So it’s time to update my Round 3 goals:
DONE 1. Finish SHADA, the short novel prequel to EMBER.
The deed was complete around 5 PM CDT on Sunday, July 31.
DONE 2. Send SHADA to my beta readers.
Technically, it’ll be done before I hit the sheets tonight.
DONE 3. Audition editors and select one to handle duties on SHADA, since my regular editor is unavailable.
Did this earlier this week. I think I’ve found the editor I’m looking for, so I’m counting this as done.
That just leaves the following. I’ve pushed some of my tasks until after the move because my wife and I have a lot to do yet to prepare for the move. So… there’s that.
4. Revise SHADA based on feedback and send to editor.
5. Move to Oregon.
6. Revise SHADA based on editor’s feedback.
7. Publish SHADA to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
8. One-week blog tour supporting release of SHADA.
9. Following move, publish print/CreateSpace version of SHADA.
10. Work on EMBER whenever I have time to fill out Round 3. Attempt to finish EMBER by the end of Round 3.