The first draft of Marin’s Codex is complete, at a hair over 102,000 words. Today I’ll be starting through it again to expand a couple of areas that I know need additional content, to flesh out a secondary character, and to try to make sure the story is good. At the same time, one of my Alpha Readers is going through it and giving his opinions. Once I have it revised, I’m going to be sending it to other Alpha Readers for feedback.
I expect the ‘review and edit’ process to take me about three weeks in total, maybe four, if I include time for Alpha and Beta readers to give feedback. Once I have it ready, I’m going to get things situated for publishing. You haven’t seen a pre-order because I don’t want to force it out the door sooner than it’s ready, but you’ll likely see one soon… also, I commissioned Jackie Felix to do the cover for this like all the other books in the Ancient Dreams series. Hopefully I’ll be able to share the cover I’ve been working up soon.
To help clarify things for those that may be uncertain, this means the anthology I had planned, Before the Godsrage, is essentially shelved. Marin’s Codex will include Into the Eternal Wood, which is a novella of about 20,000 words, and between the two they’re a bit longer than Ancient Ruins was (Ancient Ruins was about 117,000 words, while Halls of Power was about 134,000). As of this moment, I’m expecting to have the book out in mid-January, possibly as late as the beginning of February. This, like all things, can change, though.
Anyway, that’s it for news for the moment!