Locksmith’s Journeys

If this week’s post is a little late, it’s because I was saving it for this announcement. The first draft of Locksmith’s Journeys is complete. It has the usual problems of the middle story in a trilogy. It begins with a recapitulation of the previous book, goes in several different directions in the middle while filling in a lot of backstory and ends in a cliffhanger. Right now it’s 108,548 words long. Which, yes, is too long for a middle-grade/YA novel. There are probably some scenes that can be cut. I’m going to try to trim away about 5,500 words, so as to get it down to about the same length as Locksmith’s Closet (which started out at 125,000 words, so I'm definitely getting better

Down to the Wire

“When’s the next book coming out?” I know it from both sides. I have awaited the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, the Dresden Files, the Safehold series and “Now Blooms the Tudor Rose” as impatiently as anyone. (Not in the case of the 1632 series, but only because that particular fictional universe has branched out in so many directions I can’t possibly keep track of them all.) So yes, I feel the pain of those of you who really, really want to know when Locksmith’s Journeys is coming out. Be patient. I’m almost done. I’m planning on a release date of August 23. That gives me over two months to finish the book, edit, make the book trailer, edit, plan and implement various other

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