I am finished with Abigail’s Dragon. A huge weight has been lifted. I finished a novel at 60,000 words, which is about average for YA.
Monday, I am going to start submitting to publishers and agents. I do expect that if I am lucky to get picked up by a publishing house that I’ll have to make further edits, but I am done.
Abigail’s Dragon was a very important step in my evolution as a writer. I have started five different novels before this. I have completed two of them.
The Providence War and the Highway West both were incomplete first parts of a trilogy. They both suffered from issue #0 syndrome, meaning the stories involved the gathering of the heroes for an epic quest that never quite got started.
Abigail’s Dragon has a beginning, a middle, a climax, and an ending. While it could very well be the beginning of a series, it is a complete story. I fell in love with the characters. I feel like I know Abigail, Teddy, Clara, Mrs. Aithne, and the rest.
The rest of this month, I am going to concentrate on editing Into the Dreamlands and writing a couple of short stories. I am taking next weekend off to spend with my wife.
In February, I am going to start my next novel. The best way to make it is to keep writing and submitting. The more novels I have in the submission ether the better I will feel. I am trying to decide between this possible books.
Ironically, my problem now is trying to decide which of the following books need to be written first.
The New Gods of the Lost Children
Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth: Richard Nixon’s Revenge
Fading Light From a Dying Star