The Dark Tide is finished and off to the editors. I figured you'd want to know. If the ebook makes the December 22nd release date (and it does look pretty good) it will be largely to the efforts of the folks at Loose Id -- and I'd like to thank them in advance for all they're doing to try to make this happen. They're having to stretch for this one, and I appreciate it -- I know you do too.
So how do I feel having finished the final book in a series I've been writing for over a decade? Tired, mostly. Very tired. It was exhilarating and bittersweet writing this final chapter. I'm not ready to put away the notebook of all the Adrien "stuff" I've been collecting through the years. Still too soon for that.
I think it's good -- too soon to tell. I won't let myself look at it again until the copyedits arrive, and then I'll give it a final hard polish. I usually can't tell until I have that little break and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I can tell you that this is the story it had to be. This is what was planned from the start. Granted, I didn't think we needed this final book in the arc, but maybe we did. You readers will be the best judge of that. I wanted to write it, so that's probably a good sign. I enjoyed writing it, watching it all play out, so maybe that was a little self-indulgent.
Time will tell.
Anyway, thank you very much all of you who have sent virtual gifts over the past few days. I'm not sure what the etiquette is on this? But thank you!
So I'm going to take a bit of break for a few days. I have guest blog posts coming out a few places -- Speak its Name on this Thursday, Novelspot next week (I believe I'll post on writing a successful series), and a spot at Bookwenches on Friday the 18th. Drop by if you have time and inclination.
Meanwhile I am resting the brain and the wrists -- and doing a couple of manuscript evaluations that I've been looking forward to (yes, I do enjoy these, oddly enough).
Talk to you soonish!