Near-final version of With Blood Upon the Sand turned In
And, that’s a wrap! I just turned in the sixth draft of WITH BLOOD UPON THE SAND. Here’s a tiny, wee peek at the first page.
It’s not DONE done, but it’s close. I tend (as do most authors) to go through some pretty heavy alteration on the plot in the first few drafts after the rough is done. By the time I’ve reach the third draft or so, most of that has been wrapped up, and it’s the smaller stuff that still needs work. Things like building tension, foreshadowing, and the like. Squeezing the story for maximum tension. Continuity errors. Character consistency. That sort of stuff. I usually work on that over the next few drafts.
So that by the time I’ve reached draft 5 or 6, it’s mostly smaller stuff. Making the prose shine, making the world come alive, making the dialogue snap, and so on. That’s not to say there aren’t still issues. We have yet to hit copy edits, so there are still going to be some niggling things remaining. But by and large this book is ready.
The schedule is still on for February as far as I know. We have the covers for both the DAW and Gollancz versions designed. It’s just a matter of lining up some cover reveals.
And then it’s off to the races. The ramp-up to ARCs and publicity for the book is right around the corner. I can’t wait! It’s been a long while, drafting this book. After the success of Twelve Kings and Of Sand and Malice Made, I’m eager to build upon that and to let people see how the larger arc of this epic tale is going to play out.