Well, here I am, 82k into Apocalypse, the final book of the Rapture Trilogy. The last two weeks have been intense. I've written almost 40k in that time, averaging out 4k per day. It's the last day of the school holidays tomorrow, so I'll be back to my day job next week. I'll manage to finish it off (the finished product will probably be around the mid 90k's or possibly 100k) in the next couple of weekends and so looking forward to a much needed break after that. Of course, that won't be the end of it. There's editing, quotes to find, more editing and then probably some more editing. Then it gets sent off to the publisher, who will edit it, suggest changes and so forth and then a whole series of back and forths in a seemingly endless game of tennis.
Not only that, but Tribulation is coming out in December. That means being proactive and approaching book bloggers and reviewers and spending a great deal of time on social media sites. Sigh. It's exciting of course, but I wouldn't mind just burying myself under a rock for a few months in an attempt to recharge my batteries and spend some much needed time reconnecting with my family. I'm not asking anyone to pull out the world's smallest violin and start playing it for my benefit but I can't help but think what bliss it would be to not have to work full-time. I love teaching but it would be amazing to be in the position to say, teach 3 days a week and write the other two. Perhaps one day but I'll leave that in the hands of my agent.
phillip w. simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.