It is done! I finished the first draft of Book 6, the final book in my Fae Queendom reverse harem series! Words cannot describe how stoked I am to have a full, thick, delicious, COMPLETE series here in front of me.
Allow me a moment to bask in this and make some not-at-all-humble brags:
In 2019, when I wrote the first draft of Books 1-3, I wrote 159,307 words.
This year, when I wrote the first draft of Books 4-6 and the prequel novella, I wrote 233,142 words.
Yes, my plan is to rapid release the entire series. Publishing of Book 1 will likely be in early to mid 2021, with each book a month from the last (after a final typo hunting pass).
Word Counts for Each RH Book
Some of the early books came in a little light, and I’ll be helping them bulk up for you ladies when I get into revisions, but here’s the first draft count:
- ~24k word first draft of the prequel novella (see the evolution)
- ~43k word first draft of Book 1
- ~66k word first draft of Book 2
- ~54k word first draft of Book 3
- ~82k word first draft of Book 4
- ~60k word first draft of Book 5
- ~62k word first draft of Book 6
Yeah, Book 4 is a beast. That may be the only one that gets trimmed during revisions. Or who knows, maybe the rest will bulk up to be his size. *arched eyebrow*
Monthly Word Counts
In 2019, each of the first three books took me three months to write. My best ever monthly word count was ~31k ish words, and that was in 2017. But thanks (?) to the pandemic throwing everything into chaos and making it where I had NOTHING to do except sit in my bunker and write, I knocked it out of the park in 2020. April, May, June, and July all surpassed that old best-ever monthly word count.
- April 2020 word count: 55,729
- May 2020 word count: 64,111 (new best!)
- June 2020 word count: 44,246
- July 2020 word count: 40,767
March didn’t even come close to my old best-ever count, mostly due to anxiety. Everything was in chaos the world over, and I know it wasn’t an easy month for anyone. Things drastically improved once I decided to start focusing on the things I could control (like my writing) instead of the things I couldn’t (the economy, the virus, my friends’ and family’s behaviors). Not that I’m anxiety-free now, by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s better.
Writing Is Rewriting
What’s up next?
Well, first, I’m going to take a break! No writing at all next week. I have several ideas for bonus scenes, alternate POV scenes, and novellas I will write for loyal subscribers to my newsletter and my Patreon, but for now, I’m riding off into the sunset!
When I return, I’m going to dive in to revisions on all six books. How I’ll organize that, I have NO IDEA! But I hope to send Book 1 to my reader team on September 1, 2020 to get reader feedback. And then each book after that on the first of every month following.