Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Weekly Writing Progress & Other Business #18

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.

I usually like to get these done on Saturday but decided to spent the day yesterday riding the mountain bike with the wife, so here we go with my usual update a day later than usual.

New Editor

I finalized discussions with a new editor. He's going to start with a manuscript refresh for The Hall of the Wood. That's a bit of news unto itself, so let's get into the next section.

The Hall of the Wood – 2nd Edition

You can read the details here, but a quick summary is that I've pulled The Hall of the Wood from online retail shelves while the book undergoes a new round of editing and polish. There's a new cover coming too, which I'll reveal as part of the 2nd edition launch. I expect to have it all ready to go around late May or perhaps early June at the latest.

One of the initial promotions for this re-launch is that for everyone signed up to my mailing list, I'll send you a free EPUB or Kindle/MOBI version of the new eBook. There's no obligation to review, so it's basically a free read with no strings attached.

The Hall of the Wood – new cover

As noted, I've got a new book cover for the 2nd edition of The Hall of the Wood. This past week I finalized that with my book cover illustrator, so it's all ready to go.

Blogging

This past week I blogged about:

I'm slowing down on blogging. I'll provide more details in a future post, but I'm finding I'd rather spend the time working on the current novel than writing up more posts. I suppose this is inevitable; there's only so much one can say on a day-to-day basis without getting burned out eventually.

Writing Progress – The Nullification Engine

If you go back and look at previous tables, you'll notice the numbers are all different. That's because my recordkeeping goes askew week-to-week based on the average number of words per chapter and the total number of chapters, both of which seem to have been changing a bit as I wind down this first draft. I started with 30 chapters. Now, I have an expected 22. Word count estimate was at 150,000 at one point. Now, it's at 132,330. I'm coming in with fewer chapters than The Five Elements, but each chapter is longer.

So, here's the current breakdown and I'm going to get back to writing. I might be able to wrap this first draft up in 5-6 weeks.

Date Current Word
Count
Words Written Words/Day Words
Remaining
% Complete
12/1/2012 0 0 0 132,330 0.00%
12/8/2012 15,542 15,542 2,590 116,788 11.74%
12/15/2012 19,948 4,406 734 112,382 15.07%
12/22/2012 25,550 5,602 934 106,780 19.31%
12/29/2012 27,582 2,032 339 104,748 20.84%
1/5/2013 30,280 2,698 450 102,050 22.88%
1/12/2013 34,446 4,166 694 97,884 26.03%
1/19/2013 40,026 5,580 930 92,304 30.25%
1/26/2013 45,151 5,125 854 87,179 34.12%
2/2/2013 47,596 2,445 408 84,734 35.97%
2/9/2013 52,026 4,430 738 80,304 39.32%
2/16/2013 57,684 5,658 943 74,646 43.59%
2/23/2013 63,736 6,052 1,009 68,594 48.16%
3/2/2013 70,075 6,339 1,057 62,255 52.95%
3/9/2013 73,280 3,205 534 59,050 55.38%
3/16/2013 80,382 7,102 1,184 51,948 60.74%
3/23/2013 83,844 3,462 577 48,486 63.36%
3/30/2013 90,459 6,615 1,103 41,871 68.36%
4/6/2013 95,984 5,525 921 36,346 72.53%
4/13/2013 103,119 7,135 1,189 29,211 77.93%

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