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first draft doneHoney bunches, it’s been a mad scramble, and I’ve had a TON of help from my many writing friends, but I can now finally report that my first draft of my new novel is done! Honestly, when I finished yesterday, I thought I might cry. It was the most exhilarating feeling.

Some of you may have been following the twists and turns of my writing life. My novel came out in 2014, which makes it ancient by publishing standards, and it got only a bit of a life extension by coming out in paperback in 2015. Publishing lead times are insanely long, so even if I sold a book right this minute, it would probably not hit shelves until fall of 2017 or maybe even spring of 2018.

So, writer angst.

I’ve been writing up a storm, but for reasons I shan’t detail, I haven’t felt like anything I have is ready for my agent. One is completed but needs a bit of a rewrite in ways I only just figured out. Two are stuck at the 30,000 word mark (my goal is 60,000, as was my first book). One is stuck at 10,000. So I’ve been feeling like I’ve just been spinning my wheels while writer life passes me by.

Anyway, one day soon I’ll detail the methods I used to finally get through to a completed manuscript. Many went against all my instincts as a writer (and a human). But they worked! And here I am.

I won’t say much about the story until it finds its home, but I will tell you this. My pitch for it begins: The Island meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in this young adult novel set in a not-too-distant future in which clones…

Okay, that’s all the tease you’re getting. It was such fun to write! More news as it develops.

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