THE NOVEL IN PROGRESS (June 2021)
BOUND TO A SINGLE SUN, my current novel-in-progress under contract to DAW Books, is still in the midst of being drafted. Like AMID THE CROWD OF STARS, I see BOUND as a standalone novel; it’s not a sequel nor the start of a series. I’ll endeavor to update this periodically to keep up with the current progress of the novel.
As I write this in early March 2021, the novel sits at 84,000 words and the first draft is as yet unfinished and my personal revision notes on the work keep getting longer. Still a long way to go!
UPDATE: March 31, 2021. The novel’s now nearly 89,000 words in the first draft, with half a chapter and an epilogue to go. I’m figuring the first draft will be right around 90,000 words and I should start into second draft revisions immediately afterward.
UPDATE: April 5, 2021. The first draft (Draft A) is finished! 91,113 words.
UPDATE: April 8, 2021. I’ve started into the revision of the first draft (which won’t be the last—my novels tend to got through at least four or five revision passes, so don’t expect that I’ll be finished-finished any time soon. My first drafts are a skeletal framework on which I move things around, take things away, and to which I also add necessary new material. For me, writing tends to be more of an additive process than a subtractive one. I ain’t Hemingway (but you already knew that.)
UPDATE: April 19, 2021. Draft B is done, which weighs in at 95,462 words. You can tell how eager I was to start that by how quickly it was finished. I’ll take a break for a week or two and cogitate (and send out the second draft to my beta readers), then start in on Draft C.
UPDATE: May 29, 2021. Draft C is done (104,702 words) and I’ve heard from most of my beta readers at this point. I’m now starting on Draft D, which will be draft I send to Sheila at DAW Books.
UPDATE: June 25, 2021. Handed in the submission manuscript for BOUND TO A SINGLE SUN to Sheila at DAW Books yesterday. The manuscript weighs in at 109,200 words. Now I’ll wait to hear back from Sheila with her revision notes after she’s read the manuscript.