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Mermaid's Madness is Done! (For Now)

With five minutes left on my lunch hour, I saved a clean copy of The Mermaid's Madness and sent it off to the editor and agent.

The book came in at about 101,000 words, which tells me I skimmed over an awful lot of detail in that first 67,000-word draft. I still need to draw a better map of Lorindar and the surrounding nations for the editor, but hey, nobody gave me a deadline on the map :-)

I could have kept working until 11:59 pm tonight and still technically made my deadline, but I had run out of issues to fix. Oh, if I start reading it again, I'm sure I'll find things, but at this moment I can't think of any serious changes or problems. I'm to the point where I'd be tinkering with the manuscript for the sake of tinkering, not because there's anything in paritcular I want to fix. For me, that's one of the signs that it's time to be done.

I imagine it will be at least several months before I hear back from the editor. That should work well. It gives me time and distance from the story, and I'll be able to look at it with fresh eyes. I suspect I'll find more things to improve as I'm going through and working on her suggestions, the end result being that you'll all have a wonderfully brilliant novel to read, probably around the end of 2009 or early 2010.

And now it's time to look ahead to the next book. After all, my deadline on Red Hood's Revenge is only 365 days away....

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jtglover
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congrats Jim. Hopefully you'll take a day or two off to breathe, even if it means only 363 days until the next dealine.
jimhines
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, this weekend we need to clear out the kitchen for the renovation which starts on Monday, and I'm probably disassembling and reassembling beds for the kids on Sunday (my daughter got a new one, and my son inherits her old one as his first "big boy" bed). So I think it's safe to say there will be at least two days of no writing :-)
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zhai
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
*does the book-is-done dance*
will_couvillier
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
And Jay met his revision deadline on Green yesterday. Means there's real good reading to look ahead to!

Now that this is done, don't get bored, k? Hop right in on book 2!
jimhines
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, this was book two. Red Hood's Revenge is book three :-)

And no worries. As soon as I got up from my desk to walk around, my brain started tossing out different ideas on how best to open up Revenge...
dan_phi
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Deadlines are so much nicer once they've been met. And successfully even.
jimhines
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
They're definitely more attractive when you're looking at them from the rear view mirror...
unwoman
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!
ckastens
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Another one down!
jimhines
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Which means I only have one book left under contract. Hm ... I need to go write up a few more proposals! :-)

(Actually, I intend to do that early next year after Stepsister comes out. I'm betting my editor won't want to buy books 4 and 5 until we get a sense of how the first book in the series does.)
hntrpyanfar
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats! =D
michaeldthomas
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hooray!!

Congratulations. :)
steve_buchheit
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! And the villagers rejoice.
exapno
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yay!!

*happydances*
pnkrokhockeymom
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Go team Jim!
j_cheney
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing!
michaeljasper
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAYYYY!!!!
controuble
Aug. 1st, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yay for "more books I will want to read" in the pipeline.

Congrats!
shanrina
Aug. 1st, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
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