Yep...it is just about here. The newest chapter in the DEAD saga is almost ready for release. I have never been so nervous prior to a book's release. This one is different...let me tell you why.
It is no secret to fans of the series that this baby is slated for 12 books, but here is a peek behind the curtain such as it is. When I write, there is a formula. You already know that there is the three chapter rotation between Billy/Steve--Geeks--Vignettes. Each has 6 chapters per book for a total of 18 chapters each. Also, the tale is told in three book arcs. I try to make sure and provide closure for main story issues with each third book in the series. That means that the middle book of each arc sort of gives you that "Empire Strikes Back" feeling. I mean, I was one of the kids who stood in line for the premier of the second and third installments for original Star Wars movies. How the heck could Lucas do that to us? We are left with Han having been captured and frozen and Luke discovering who his father was in that oft-parodied "I am your father!" moment. And what the heck was Yoda saying..."There is another?" Say What!
So yes, I know the felling of being taken to the edge of a cliff and then dangled over it. This chapter in the DEAD series is probably the biggest batch of Cliffhangers I have ever left readers with. It is a big risk, but at this point in the series, I have to hope that the reader is vested enough to see this as a thrilling moment and not be disappointed.
So here is another secret. My target length for each chapter is around 6,000 words. That gives you about 108,000 words per book. As I begin book 9, I am preparing for that final three book arc. Here is where it gets tricky; obviously these stories could go on forever. I don't think that is fair to you, the readers. Although I am in the development stages of the DEAD: Snapshot series which will be single books having a start-to-finish story that may or may not have "guest appearances" by characters you know and love...or hate. Book 9 has chapter targets of 10,000 words. Yep, this baby will come in at around 180,000 words. THAT IS A BIG BOOK! But it has to have everything in place for the final drive.
So, please return your tray tables to the upright position...we are set for takeoff. Keep your eyes on my Facebook Author page for word of the release and availability.