Editing is a beast. Particularly when you’re doing two edits at once that often require a third comb through. I vastly overestimated my output.
That said, I’m on chapter 32 of 42.
I’ve suffered also a “real job” delay in having to cover vacations and so I’m working a long stretch of 12 hour shifts that thanks to the holiday have resulted in an extended visit from Mr. Charlie Foxtrot. With a small encore next week.
What does all this mean?
The Beta Read will hit a little later. At best Sept 21st (that’s what I’m praying God allows me to do). Otherwise, it could be up to the last week of October. Of course this means that the book will go on sale a little later, but still in time for Christmas, instead of being ready for Black Friday.
So do not dispair! It’s coming. It’s happening! It’s going to be awesome! You beta readers are going to have a lot of fun and a clean manuscript to pick at.
And for those who are “Johnny-Come Latelys”… you still have a chance to get involved in the Beta Read. I have a spot or two left I could shoehorn you in. Best contact me right away through the site though.
Also, there’s been a nice little surprise as I polish these chapters. The book is a LOT more topical and deep than expected. Lots of themes that apply to today unexpectedly. I didn’t consciously set out to write them, but the editing has brought them to the fore. This has made a much more engaging and… hmmmm…. is controversial the right word? I dunno. But you’re gonna go ‘oh wow!’ a few times.
Sooooooo, no pressure.
Except on me.
Who still isn’t sure on the title…