16,400 words cut later, the third draft of Lesana–now known as Vodnik–is complete. I’ll be mailing it out to an agent and an editor tomorrow, both of whom have asked to see it in its entirety. This has been an interesting book to write. All along, I felt like it had promise, but somewhere in the first draft, it lost its way. It’s the book that convinced me to start plotting before I write, and it’s taken much MUCH longer than I thought I’d need to complete it. However, I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with the end result. I feel like it’s the best book I’ve written to date. I love the characters, and the plot finally ended up coming together quite well, even if I say so myself. It would have been too depressing if I’d done all this work and ended up with something I wasn’t happy with.
So we’ll see what happens with it. I’ll be printing out the submission copies tonight, as well as writing the cover letters (never fun for me), and then tomorrow it’ll be off in the mail. What a relief. I’ve debated what to do next in my writing, and I think I’m going to plot another book that’s been kicking around in my head for a while, and then I’m either going to write that or revise Ichabod, depending on how long it takes me to plot. We’ll see. I’m very glad to be done with Vodnik, though. It’s good, but it took a chunk of me to get it done.