... but not the final straight, yet. The first of the Dave Hooper books has moved from electroinc to paper, going off to production at Random House in NYC and soon enough at Pan Mac down in Sydney. The second book won't be far behind.
All of the structural and character arc edits are done on those two, although Murph suggested a small but brilliant change to one character this morning that we're going to go with.
I'm hoping to wrap the draft of book 3 in about a month and send it to production by September.
It's been fun doing all three at once. Gives me a chance to retcon earlier volumes in light of stuff happening later in the story. Characters who dont work out can be swapped for characters who did, and they can be given more prominance and action as needed. Plot twists can be properly signposted or deliberately hidden. The laws of the story can be drafted and redrafted before they're set in stone upon release. It's unusually powerful advantage. I expected that to be the case, but have been surprised at how damn useful it's been.
I'm almost reluctant to send the copy to paper, but I think I might work like this more often in future.
Anyways, gots to get back to it. Might have some artwork soon.