Good news! I have finished the novel and am working on tightening up my pitch, synopsis among other things to send out query letters to agents. No matter what happens, I will have to keep reminding myself that this in itself is an accomplishment.
Deshay of the Woods has undergone two major rewrites, where I literally scrapped most of the previous version to rewrite it, which means there have been three versions of this story.
Version 1–the novella–was accepted by an independant publisher in 2010 to come out as an e-novella. But I wasn’t satisfied with the work and didn’t think the publisher’s target audience was a good fit. That version came in at 37,643 words.
Version 2–the one reviewed by an editor from Harper Collins–had encroached upon a more suitable length for a novel, but was still a draft form. Based on the guidance from HC, I scrapped much of this version and rewrote it again. This second version came in at 62,009 words.
Version 3–this version, and what I consider the final version pending any tweaks an editor makes–comes in at 96,879 words, which is about 157% more than Version 1 and 64% more than Version 2.
You can read the first several chapters here for free.
Whew. I’m pooped :).