Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Weekly Writing Progress & Other Business #17

I'm writing the next book in The Alchemancer series. It's called The Nullification Engine and should be out soon. As a way to keep readers updated on my progress and also so I can gauge the same, each week I take a look at my current writing progress and report it here. Also, I discuss some other areas revolving around the business side of things.

Maps

Maps are done. All five of them. Here are the reveals I've done so far:

The remaining two go along with the new book (progress below), so I'll keep those under wraps until the book launch.

New Editor

I had started a dialog with a potential new editor for my work and I'm happy to say we've entered into an agreement. I'm having him do a proofreading of The Hall of the Wood to start as I feel that title needs a bit more polish. Based on the edits he made to the sample I provided I think the book is going to come out of the process a whole lot stronger. Unfortunately, this particular person's services are in fairly high demand, so I won't get the final changes back for a couple of months. More waiting…

New Cover Designer

Since The Hall of the Wood is getting a new round of editing, I think it also needs a new cover. I got two potential proofs back from my new book cover designer this past week, showcased them over on kboards to get some feedback, and got some changes back to the designer. Now, more waiting as he makes those changes and gets them back to me.

Blogging

This past week I blogged about:

Writing Progress

Now, for the important stuff. Here's where I'm at:

Date Current Word
Count
Words Written Words/Day Words
Remaining
% Complete
12/1/2012 0 0 0 156,000 0.00%
12/8/2012 20,019 20,019 3,337 135,981 12.83%
12/15/2012 24,425 4,406 734 131,575 15.66%
12/22/2012 30,027 5,602 934 125,973 19.25%
12/29/2012 32,059 2,032 339 123,941 20.55%
1/5/2013 34,757 2,698 450 121,243 22.28%
1/12/2013 38,923 4,166 694 117,077 24.95%
1/19/2013 44,503 5,580 930 111,497 28.53%
1/26/2013 49,628 5,125 854 106,372 31.81%
2/2/2013 52,073 2,445 408 103,927 33.38%
2/9/2013 56,503 4,430 738 99,497 36.22%
2/16/2013 62,161 5,658 943 93,839 39.85%
2/23/2013 68,213 6,052 1,009 87,787 43.73%
3/2/2013 74,552 6,339 1,057 81,448 47.79%
3/9/2013 77,757 3,205 534 78,243 49.84%
3/16/2013 84,859 7,102 1,184 71,141 54.40%
3/23/2013 88,321 3,462 577 67,679 56.62%
3/30/2013 94,936 6,615 1,103 61,064 60.86%
4/6/2013 100,371 5,435 906 55,629 64.34%

Any week I exceed 5,000 words is a win in my book, so I'm happy with my progress, especially given that I continue to deal with other things like maps, covers, and editors. Such is the life of an independent author.

Here's the charts and I need to go mow the lawn (and then do some writing).

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