I've written over half of the draft, and I have an outline for the rest of the novel (which I may or may not stick closely to, but it's still a good thing to have.) I work on it every day. My hope is that I'll be done with the draft on October 20.
My process thereafter is this:
- Forget about it for three or four weeks while I work on something else
- Revise on screen
- Edit on screen (revision is "big stuff" and editing is "little stuff," the way I use the terms)
- Printout and another edit on paper
- Enter those changes and send it off to three amateur proofreaders, in sequence
- After those people are done, send it to my pro proofreader
- Enter those changes
- Upload to Amazon
- Email my mailing list
The pro proofreading may fall right around Christmas, so I'm not sure yet about availability/timing. Best case: nothing goes wrong, and a January 1 release. Worst case, I have a revision brainstorm which pushes this all back nearly a month, as happened with Gray II.
After that, I have another standalone disaster novel nearly ready, and I will put it up for sale in April. I have a short story/novelette to release in summer 2016. I hope to get to releasing paperbacks in early 2016, too. I have a new series that I'm already researching and jotting notes here and there, and I hope to have two of those done before I release the first in late September 2016. The further into the future we go, the less certain I am the plan will work out precisely, but if the crick don't rise, it'll be close to that schedule.
Thanks for reading!