The big edit is finished. Several weeks of mind-numbing slog with highlighters and weeding through hundreds of pages of text, searching for those last few lingering typos (which is a minor aspect of editing) and polishing the text until it is as good as I can possibly make it (that is the major one). All is done now, though, and Cuzzie gets her freshly-printed version of the revised manuscript tonight. It is down from its original length of 507 double-spaced pages to 468, having lost something like 10,000 words in the process. Those words will not be missed, I assure you.
I first envisaged 'Larussi's Heartsong' when writing the 'Queen's Heart' trilogy. Larussi's story is left hanging at the end of the three books and I knew that I would have to complete it for her. Originally, I expected it to be of novella length - perhaps 100 pages. As it turned out, it is exactly the same length as Part Three, 'The Power of Four Queens', which makes it the joint longest book of the series, and one of the longest that I have ever written. Only 'Rutter's Reunion' is longer (and that not by much). Even so, it tips the scales at a typical novel length of 100,000 words, which should work out in the region of 350 pages by the time that the paperback version is ready for publication.
Cuzzie will run her unrelenting eye over it and give me her opinion (both barrels from the hip, if she rings true to form). That may result in a few further changes, or it may not. It depends what she says. In the meantime, I will get on with the cover and post it here as soon as it is ready.
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