Hey Everyone! Since I got Wish Hits the Fan off to the editor last night, I thought it might be fun to run down some stats for you.
So, Wish Hits the Fan (Once Upon a Djinn #4) is currently sitting at 62990 words (or 62969 in .doc form - why that's different I'll never know) and 222 pages. This is, of course, the third draft of the book, so let's back up a bit.
The first draft of the book was only 47859 and 179 pages. I finished that on February 25th of this year.
The second draft was 58339 words and 205 pages. I finished that on June 26th.
Then, because I had dragged my feet all of the month of May, which put me behind so that I didn't get the 2nd draft done until the end of June, I beat myself with a stick and cranked through to get the 3rd draft done today.
It wasn't due to her until tomorrow, so we're starting the clock then. JC has promised me a 3 week turnaround. So, July 31st? Fingers crossed it doesn't have too much wrong with it, so I can turn it back in to her quick. I'm still looking at September, but the quicker I get it done, the earlier in September this will be in your hands. Yay!
Now, one of these days I'm going to have to keep track of the hours I actually put in on one of these things. I know for the past few days, I started working on the edits around 7am. And I usually finished up around 8pm, on average. BUT, and it's a big but, I don't work straight through. I work for a while, break, work some more, break, call my mom/go fishing, work some more, do chores, work... you get the idea. All told, though, it took me about an hour to enter a page worth of edit notes, and there were 19 of those to change the 2nd draft into the 3rd draft. And, it took me about an hour to make a page of edit notes. So, figure about 38 hours over the course of about two weeks.
Ugh, it felt like more, but unless I missed something somewhere, that's it. Plot holes fixed, typos eradicated to the best of my ability, continuity issues smoothed.
All I know is that when I finished last night, I felt like a deflated balloon. And tired. Now I can rest... a little... before I jump into my next project. What that will be... your guess is as good as mine. I had a wonderful idea for a new book when I was trying to nap yesterday afternoon, but it was gone by the time I got up. D'oh.
Doncha hate when that happens?