And done. The first draft of Alex Verus #9 is finally finished.
This book has taken longer than any previous one in the series. Usually I expect to take around 10 months to write an Alex Verus book – 3-4 months planning and 6-7 writing. This one has taken 5 months planning, and 10 writing, i.e. roughly half again as long as the last few. I have a few different theories on why I’ve found it so difficult to make progress, but whatever the reason, it’s been pretty frustrating.
Still, it’s done, and at least the quality’s good. I’ll be giving the manuscript an edit over the next few days, then it’ll go off to my publishers and the publication process will start. You’ll have the book at some point next year (though I don’t know exactly when). For now, I’m going to take a break and figure out what to do next!