Today Spells of Old starts at a bit over 105,000 words. Based on where I am in the story, the first draft will be done this week. To remind people how I work, this means that once the first draft is done, I share it with friends who go through, pointing out egregious spelling and grammar issues, but who primarily focus on weaknesses in the story. Once they’ve gone through it, I go through, reading everything and fleshing things out/rewriting parts. Then my readers go through again, looking for flaws. I fix any minor flaws, then I send it to an editor.
I don’t know how long this process will take. I’ve written Spells of Old a lot more cleanly than Ancient Ruins, but the process took almost 2 months for Ancient Ruins, without the editor. I’m just trying to manage expectations.
In other news, I finished formatting Ancient Ruins for Print on Demand, and ordered a proof copy. The soonest it’ll reach me is sometime between the 20th and 25th of March, likely the 25th. Assuming it didn’t screw up (I used their templates), at that point I’ll approve it and publish it, so people will be able to order physical copies of Ancient Ruins.