242k – First Draft Almost done

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242k – First Draft Almost done

Well I’m up to 242k and the first draft is almost done.  I’m up to the first potential stop point but I want to finish my second potential end point before officially calling it.

This next week is the wife’s only free week in the past couple months so while I’d like to declare that I’ll probably be done in a day or two and then race off  directly to the edits.  I can’t swear to it.   Could be tuna could be peaches (ala Look Who’s Talking the Movie)

Anyway regardless of whether its broken up into two books or just one monster book, its nice to be a couple days away from being done with this thing.  The Editing Brain is most definitely different from the creative brain.

With the Creative Brain you have to turn off your little editor check list and just push the product onto the screen, the editing hat on the other hand, while critical to a good enjoyable read, requires a little different mindset.

Not that I can’t help with the edits and make a significant strides toward improvement, its just nice to have help that can take a fresh look and plug those weak links we all have.

I’m starting to ramble.  Anyway I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop and I finally found my password to the Admin side again.  I transferred laptops after my main and back up both went down and I was stuck with no forward motion for 3 days while they were repaired.  Its easy to make comments on existing threads but you have to…

Anyway rambling its an hour or so after midnight over here.

have a blast!

The Deposed King


  1. Ayende Rahien - March 21, 2013 10:50 am

    Happy to hear that.
    If you need beta readers, please let us know.

  2. Emil - March 21, 2013 12:30 pm

    I dont mind two books.
    I rather have two smaller cookies than a big giant cookie, cause you know, once that big cookie is gone its gone. However once one of those smaller cookies are gone, you know you got another one. In short, you got something to look forward to 😉 (No clue wether this made any sense to anyone beside me though)

    Anyway, heres a hint:
    2 Books = Double asmuch money as from one book! 120k words are still a freaking ALOT for a book. Perfectly acceptable!

  3. Alves - March 22, 2013 6:07 am

    2 books = double as much money is not necessarily true. There are a lot of other factors involved, like price, quality of the work, how the market will react to a half story, etc.

    A honor harrington e-book, which usually is around 200k to 300k words, is priced between $7 and $10 dollars, and it is a fully edited e-book at that.

    IMHO, Joshua’s initial success as a writer will be better served by releasing a good book every two or three months at a reasonable price (say, one dollar or so per 50k words) than by picking a single book and dividing it to milk it as much as possible.

    Anyway, will we see any snippet before the book is released? Maybe an e-ARC? 😛

  4. Isern - March 22, 2013 10:39 pm

    ‘Monster’ book or not.

    I am really looking forward to the next instalment, as I have to admit, I found both of the preceding novels a great read.

    And DAMNIT I want more!

  5. The Deposed King - March 23, 2013 10:21 am

    Not sure if there’ll be a snippet on this one or not. I’ve got about 6 chapters I missed along the way in the interest of getting to the finish line. Right now I think I’ve got to the end of the first draft of book 3. It currently stands at 251k.

    Those six chapters are ones that need/should go in there. IMO. but really at this point, I think I need to go to the editor (brother) and see what he thinks about the whole thing. Then its beta readers for plot holes and suggestions as well as those ever to be blasted punctuation/misspelling/wrong word that’s correctly spelled etc.

    Right now though its the Wife’s semester break from nursing school so, I’m not sure if or how much will get edited this week. so I’ll probably write those missing chapters… probably 😉

    I make no hard promises for this week hahahahahah

    But for sure no later than next week I’ll be deep in the editing weeds!

  6. Paul - March 30, 2013 3:12 am

    Just been cruising Amazon for some good Space Opera and pickings are mighty slim . . . HURRY UP!!!

  7. The Deposed King - March 30, 2013 5:44 pm

    Almost done with the editing passes for the 1st half. Then it’ll go to the beta readers.

    The 1st half if more straight up miltary sci-fi while the 2nd half more Space Opera.

    Right now leaning toward splitting them into two books and simultaneously releasing them the same day.

    Anyway I’ll let you know more when it goes to the betas!

  8. Exo - March 31, 2013 3:33 pm

    *Cough* E-ARC’s? *Cough* 😉

  9. kitten - April 1, 2013 9:51 am

    Good sci-fi like this is too heard to come by… I really can’t wait


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