At the moment, my best guess is that the book will be pushed back a few weeks from what I’d estimated. There are still a couple more readers who haven’t finished, but I don’t anticipate their notes delaying me much further than that. I truly hope that my readers end up enjoying the sequel. This draft is 214,500 words, which is just a smidgen shorter than the final version of SAM (which is 218,000).
This could get longer or shorter based on beta reader feedback, but I suspect it’ll stay somewhere in the same range.
I’m still aiming for a release in paperback and Kindle formats in March or April.
At this point, I’m guessing it’ll be late March, but it really depends on how many notes I get from beta readers and the editor.
Some people want Corin to have more romance with Jin.
Some people want Corin to have more romance with Marissa.
That’s not a terribly fast pace if you look at it in terms of daily word count, but the actual writing output is good enough that it would translate to about three “standard” length novels.
People also generally find the pacing at the beginning of the book a little slow; this is fairly common in my books in general, but I might see what I can do to smooth it over.
Most people seem to like the middle section of the book the most.
I’d expected this to be a much shorter book, which is part of why it took a bit longer than I expected.
For the future, I’m just going to plan around all my sequels being this same length.
I still think there are always going to be people who won’t get what they wanted out of the book, though.