The big edit is done. It didn't take as long as it usually does, a direct result of having fewer other demands on my time than expected, so I could concentrate more on my editing. I have just finished printing it all out and it goes to Cuzzie for her ruthless proofreading tomorrow. If it emerges unscathed (a big 'if', of course - she doesn't give praise lightly), the Kindle and paperback editions are ready to go, and the Smashwords edition (iPad, Nook, Kobo etc.) will be ready within days.
'Rutter's Resolution' is my longest book to date at 116,750 words (according to Nisus Writer Pro's word count). In terms of turning pages, the paperback version tips the scales at 350 pages, assuming a 6" x 9" format, which is what I use for my major books.
As a general guide, book lengths are defined as follows:
Short story: up to 30,000 words.
Novella (or novelette) : 30,000 - 80,000 words.
Novel: 80,000 - 120,000 words.
Epic: more than 120,000 words.
As you can see, 'Rutter's Resolution' is of novel length, but getting close to epic proportions. The original draft actually topped 120,000 words (by about 500), but that number reduced after some ruthlessly self-critical pruning. It did involve swapping a couple of scenes round and virtually rewriting the entire final chapter, but most of it was the usual altering a word here, a phrase there, a sentence somewhere else, and mercilessly deleting anything that I did not think contributed to the overall narrative. One unexpected change was the description of Trudi (as seen on the cover, above). Originally I had her with blue and pink dyed hair, tattoos on her upper arms and piercings everywhere. Then I came across this copyright-free image on the Dreamstime image resource site and simply had to have it. That being the case, the description needed to change. Now she is described as having 'bronze-coloured' hair, the permanent tattoos are on her back (which isn't in the picture) and the piercings in her left ear, which isn't in the picture either. The eye tattoo is now an earth henna tattoo, which washes off. Originally, she wore a black top - but it was a simple matter to change that to dark green.
Hopefully, the next post will announce publication. That is when the book will get its own spot in the 'Rutter Books' page of this site, complete with sample pages.
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