Victory lap for me!

@KristenH (24366)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 17, 2016 3:10pm CST
Today I just finished my newest novel, Diplomatic Immunity. It had taken me 10 weeks to do it, which is a world record for me. I did take days off due to fatigue, my cousin coming over, and computer issues. I'm so excited. I ended it with a cliffhanger to link to a future second novel for next spring, Political Asylum, which takes mainly in Canada. I have no ideas for a third novel to close it out. Ask me that next summer. On Scrivener, my stats are 127, 984 words at 551 pages. That's right in the ballpark that I planned to end it near or around 130 K. I only need to cut 10-15 K this summer for Camp Nano to edit and do some pre-edits next week after a weekend break, before it goes over to my group of betas along with my main bet. Some want it as full ms and others at chapters at a time. And one of them is an editor friend who's willing to read it for free. (I probably can't afford her to help me edit my other ms that needs some line editing. My plan is to get it close to ready for Pitch Wars in 8 weeks, (when you submit only first chapter), if not for pg70pit in 3 weeks, (when you have to submit the 69th or 70th page.) So I'll see how far I got this summer. It would be cool to finish it in 10 weeks around early fall for queries, if I don't land an agent and/or pub deal by then for summer. On another victorious note, I've sent in my 50 page partial I've gotten from that agent at the conferences, two weekends ago. And I also nudged that agent who has my partial R&R, too. I hope to finish my full for Venom and my ever-long Nano ms, Off the Grid, by the 4th of the July. Stay tuned and cross your fingers! I'll be heading to the editing cave next week!
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@Corbin5 (109439)
• United States
17 Jun 16
Congratulations on this achievement! Will stayed tuned and also will cross my fingers!
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
17 Jun 16
Thanks Deborah. I'm exhausted and need a nap tonight.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jun 16
I wish you the best of luck with it. Congrats! =)
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
17 Jun 16
Thanks Jennifer!
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@maezee (32553)
• United States
17 Jun 16
Hey that is super awesome. Great to hear this! I am sure it was a lot of work. Best of luck!
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
17 Jun 16
Thanks! Yes it up by aiming 2K a day with 2 hours or more.
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@skysnap (17805)
17 Jun 16
You are publishing the novel online?
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
17 Jun 16
I wish. I need to get it edited first and publish ready. It's just a rough draft.
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• United States
17 Jun 16
Congrats...I've never written a book or anything close - never had a desire. Good luck.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
17 Jun 16
No worries Abby. Thanks!
• United States
24 Jun 16
Congratulations on another finished work !
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Jun 16
Thanks. I have a long editing summer ahead of me.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@KristenH do you need any help editing ?
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Jun 16
@enlightenedpsych2 I do. I'm waiting to hear from my 8 betas, including Jessalyn over here. I know my main beta and 1 other will read the weekend, while others have read it this week. At least I knocked out 1 K in 5 days this week.
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@kevin1877uk (36966)
23 Jun 16
WOW, awesome, well-done YAY All the best in the editing cave. Yes fingers crossed for you.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Jun 16
Thanks Kevin. I should hit 1 K today, if Scrivener works. 26 K more to go for edits.
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@kevin1877uk (36966)
24 Jun 16
@KristenH Awesome, keep it going.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Jun 16
@kevin1877uk Thanks. The next 5 weeks will be brutal for edits.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Jun 16
I am rooting for you!
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
18 Jun 16
Thanks Jess. I have 5 betas who wants to read the whole ms. Only two wants partials.
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• Centralia, Missouri
18 Jun 16
@KristenH I am willing to read whatEvers too if you ever need
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
18 Jun 16
@Jessicalynnt Really? You want to be a beta reader?
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@harry6 (135)
• Chandigarh, India
21 Jun 16
Novel it sounds interesting. Good Luck and let us know more
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
21 Jun 16
Thanks. I will. @jessicalynnt is now reading first 3 chapters as my beta. Hope she loves it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Jun 16
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
22 Jun 16
@Jessicalynnt Hope you like it.
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@just4him (120149)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jun 16
Congratulations! That is exciting news.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Jun 16
Thanks Valerie.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
20 Jun 16
That is pretty impressive.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
20 Jun 16
Thanks. Now I'm heading into the edit cave this week.
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@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
18 Jun 16
Is it possible to let someone read and comment before you start to "chop" down the number of words? Perhaps it is time for you to rest, and for someone to read, and provide a fresh perspective.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
18 Jun 16
Yes that's why I have 7 beta readers to read it for me. 127 K is too high for a debut novel. The max amount for adult thrillers at 110K, except for fantasy and sci fi, or established authors, that's the exception to the rule. That's why I'm resting it this weekend and doing a pre-edit before I send it out for feedback on Monday.
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@LoriAMoore (4670)
• United States
17 Jun 16
Congrats. I just need a few more paragraphs to finish my latest book.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
18 Jun 16
Thanks Lori. Go for it.