East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

It’s over (almost)


victoryAnd so it’s finished.
Clocking in at close to 68.000 words, my pulp/fantasy novel of high adventure set in Shanghai and parts east in the year 1936 is done.

Well, actually I’m doing the final revision – or the post-revision revision, if you will.

I did my writing in Scrivener, and it was a really pleasant experience.
But now I’m exporting it and I’m making a LibreOffice .odt file for my editors to be able to go through it at their leisure.

While I am at it, I’m also taking a few hours to check the text for typos and spelling mistakes (why not lighten the load of the copy editors?), and I’m using a thesaurus to give my English a little more flair and variety.
I’m also adding the odd bit here and there – so the word count will still grow, probably.

I’m also thinking about chapters.
When I started my revision, my chapters were roughly 4000 words/six scenes long, but as the story progressed, they shrunk to 3000 words and four or five scenes. So I’m trying to see if I can slice up the text so that all my chapters will be roughly of the same length – 2500/3000 words is the best for action oriented stories, as each chapter can pack some punch and segue directly in the next.

And so here it is – my 40.000 words first draft has turned into a 70.000 words novel (I know I’ll get there – I just had a great idea for an extra scene…)
And it does not suck – if I do say so myself.

Then, while my editors edit me, I’ll work out an Afterword – I like taking some times to share some anecdote or background bit with the readers, and also I need to thank an awful lot of people for this one. I normally put an afterword at the back of my self-published ebooks, and my readers seem to like the idea, so I hope my publisher will feel all right about me adding, say, 3500 words of extras to the book.

Then I’ll do the final revisions, and the thing will be packaged and delivered, and ready to be read by all those that will be so kind to read it.
And I hope there will be a lot of them!

Coming up next…
More projects.
Maybe a cover reveal.
More stuff about my writing.
But right now, I’ll just have a cup of tea and then go on checking my text.

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “It’s over (almost)

  1. Congratulations, Doc! Waiting for it! πŸ˜€


  2. Made it to port! Well done, Doctor.


  3. Well done, Davide!
    You inspired by the stories of Abraham Merritt?


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