…and with that, the final round of edits for ELEMENT ZERO are completed. Now I just have to sit back and hope that my editor doesn’t beat me stupid for the sheer number of changes. Anything story-shaking we’d already gotten out of the way, but I am an obsessive tweaker, something I hope is reasonably well-tolerated. I really think the book is better for this last round.
Page proofs will be the last stop (where no significant tweaking is allowed) and then, come April 2011, print.
The book, and the trilogy as a whole, is what I intended it to be and I don’t think I could ask for anything more. Putting all the world-building and character development aside, it’s a three part tale: The first book uncovers an unpleasant truth, the second is about choosing sides, and the third is about fighting for what you believe in. I’m satisfied with the symmetry of it, I like where my characters ended up, and I feel now that the story has been told.
I come to the end of the trilogy with mixed feelings…I will miss it to be sure, and I worry over whether what I have in store will be as well received, but at the same time I am very much enjoying the different-ness of my next novel. I’ll get more into that in a later post, but suffice it to say that even after that I have several ideas all queued up and, while nervous, I feel a little like a kid in a candy store.
After that, who knows? I have a lot more stories to tell. Stick around, because it gets even weirder…
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