Yesterday I finished the first draft of Refuge. It was an epic push, 16000 words. The final word count is 128,000-ish.
Now, that’s a messy first draft. It’s going to require quite a bit of cleanup, but the story is all there now. Next step is the grueling post-dictation cleanup phase, then first edit pass, beta readers pass. Ugh, still a lot of work to do.
My cover artist is going to be starting on the cover soon. My hope is that the book will be out late November.