Tonight I completed my second draft!!! As we would say in the games industry, the book is feature complete. I may be biased, but I really enjoyed reading through it from start to finish. I wrapped up all the plot points but left enough at the end to think about.
Next stop is my editor, who is already 40% through. Then beta readers. That should go fast.
Then it's off to publishing, which also should go fast, at least the eBook version. I am going to use Kindle Digital Publishing Select, which means the eBook will be an Amazon exclusive, at least for a while. Hopefully that will work for everyone.
The print version should also be available for Print On Demand. My target is no later than September, so I can attend the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association booth at the Big E, which is in the State building. Maybe I will see you there.
I am now officially half way through working on my second draft. I also have a line editor working on the book concurrently, so good progress is being made. I have to say, seeing some chapters again as a "reader" I personally love the book. It's fun, interesting, and thought provoking. I am biased, I understand, but this is the book "I want to read". And that was my goal.
So I think I am on target for a final draft in July. The time from then to publication is still foggy, since I am lining up "beta readers" to look through for any continuity issues. I don't know how long that will take.
My tentative goal was to have Print On Demand ready to go by September so I could man the booth at the Big E. But that is going to be tight. Cross your fingers.