What comes after Fragments?
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Since my last post here, I’ve sent at least 5 newsletters to my subscribers. I actually already discussed today's topic in one of them. I guess it’s more convenient to write an email than a blog post. It’s also more rewarding, seeing how the communication is direct and you can hit me back with a reply.
Anyway, today I wanted to talk about the next book in the Order of the Spirits series. Mainly, after the release of Fragments, I went back to writing the sequel. I had started on Book Two years ago, long before my first book was published, and a few weeks ago, I had finished the first draft of the manuscript!
In its current shape, the manuscript for Book Two consists of 50 chapters, 10 interludes, a prologue, an epilogue, and a whopping 206.000 words! For reference, Order of the Spirits: Fragments was about 102.500 words, so yeah... the sequel is a beast.
Initially, this manuscript had counted 212.000 words, but I’ve been busy trimming it down in the past few days. That’s my current job – to edit the entire thing. I’m satisfied with the story and the narrative structure, but my first drafts tend to be cluttered with unnecessary lines and tangents. And besides, there are always a ton of things to improve, so a thorough revision of the manuscript is a must.
Lately I’ve been editing on daily basis, but even so, this process will take a while. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and I want to give it my all before handing it off to a professional editor. That will be the next step – to contact Courtney again, who edited Fragments. I've no doubt she’ll help Book Two reach its full potential, and I won't settle for anything less.
I’ll have more information about the sequel in the coming months. For now, I just wanted to let the world know that the first draft of it exists! Also, whereas Order of the Spirits: Fragments was a collection of intertwined stories, the next book in the series will be an epic novel. One, linear story, featuring Wolf and Nemo in equal measure! It’s going to be a blast.
In Book One you met these characters. In Book Two you’ll get to know them…
All right, I best get back to editing now!
Until next time.