So Alex Verus #8 is on schedule, and sitting at around 45,000 words – this probably means we’re about halfway done, since each Alex Verus novel typically comes in at around 90k or so for the completed version. (Burned was an exception to this: it ended up at more like 110,000 words total, which was one of the reasons that it took me an extra month to finish, but I figure you guys probably won’t complain about the slight extra length.) Projected completion date for #8 is end of February: I don’t know if I’ll make it, but so far everything looks promising.
I’ve also figured out most of the rest of this book’s plot. Some of you may remember that a couple of months back I wrote a post where I was thinking about changing my (at the time very vague) ideas and putting two major events into Book 8 instead of putting them into 8 and 9 respectively. I’ve since changed my mind; I’ve got plenty of material for Book 8 already, so I’m going back to the original plan. The bright side of this is that I now have a solid idea of what’ll happen for the next two books of the series, which is a lot further ahead than I usually plan, and means that I’m fairly confident about how things are going.
In other news, Burned’s proofreading and author queries are done, and the book is all set for its release at the beginning of April. I’m looking forward to reading the reviews of this one – I think you guys will like it!