First-round edits on Inheritance of Magic 2 (a.k.a An Instruction in Shadow) are done! Manuscript was emailed off to my editors as of yesterday.
Finishing the first-round edits is the point at which a book really becomes ‘settled’ in my mind. The first draft takes much more work, but until the first-round edits are agreed on and completed, the book is still somewhat fluid. There’s always the possibility that the editor will want big changes, or they’ll point things out that make me decide on big changes. Once the first-round edits are done, that’s no longer true. The manuscript will still be revised quite a bit in the copy-edits stage, but the fundamental story won’t be. The version of An Instruction of Shadow that I sent off yesterday will be >95% the same as the version that you guys will be able to read next year.
Which means that it’s time to get started on number 3! I’m hoping to start writing the first draft around the end of the year, with the aim of finishing in summer 2024.