131 days to go!
There comes a point in every book where you start looking at the page you’re typing and thinking….this is a train wreck.
Usually for me this point is about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way in. And since I’m at the 1/2 point of Book 3, I’m there. Added atop this is allergy season and the stress from the tiling experience (that hasn’t quite dissapated yet), and I’m moving very slowly through the text. I only got about 1K new words yesterday. Fortunately, I still have several months before this book is due.
Part of the debut experience for me has been the question of whether I could keep up a publication schedule. My agent and I discussed the timing as she was negotiating contracts and decided that 9 months was a good span.
9 months per book.
Now I have to live up to that. As a debut author, I’ve never done this before. It’s new to me, one of the questions I’ve never answered. Can I produce on a scedule? Regularly?
So this is the new challenge as I work on Book 3.* It’s like a shadow looming over everything I do. Oh yeah, it’s a deadline. It’s supposed to loom…
How long do you think it should take to write a book?
*I actually wrote Book 2 before Book 1. If you look at the schedule I posted last week, you can see I had about 6 months to turn in Book 2. But that was a special case since the book only needed editing instead of starting from scratch.