You might be familiar with the phase; under promise, over deliver. Well, the inverse of that was true for me and Point of Man. In my defense, life does get sticky at times and instead of filling this space with deadlines that I would invariably miss for one reason or another, I went dark. I noticed my last post about this book was over a year ago. Wow, that sucks.
But today is a new day, I am here to tell you that at 9:37 PM CST last night, the first draft of Point of Man is DONE! It runs 109K words and I am really happy how it pulls together. No one has seen a word of it yet. So, now I will start the task of smoothing out the variety of bumps that are currently in. And then, the editor. <cue ominous music>. She is already on board, but I can’t send it the way the manuscript is today. Think about sword making, forge, pound, polish – repeat about 100 times.
To all of you who have waited so patiently, I’m really sorry it took this long. There is the good news, Fabric took about five years to write. Point took about three. At that rate, Cross (the third book – already know how that one is going to lay out) should be about 18 months. Imagine if I actually got an agent and a publisher, I could do it in 6 months. However, that is another battle, one that I have little patience fighting, but will cheerfully start anew.
Here is what’s next.
1. Fix plot holes and re-writes. I wonder how many times the phrase “he said” is in the manuscript. 2. Get manuscript to editor. 2a. Become a query zombie and grovel for an agent. 3. Drink heavily after editor regurgitates on draft. 4. Begrudgingly implement fixes. 5. Accept fate that agents are only looking for tween or vampire novels, which this isn’t, despite the fact that Point sold over 17,000 electronic only versions. So be it. 6. Publish.
I estimate this whole process will take one month, baring anything crazy. Look for Point of Man in the beginning of June!