Liz Lemon says, "High Five for you, Kate!"
Seriously though, I know this has been a long wait for you, so thanks for hanging in there with me. (And for emailing me several times to ask when the third book will be out.)
But it's not all sunshine and roses, I'm afraid. Right now the book is in three different files (which I have to admit went way better. Will definitely be doing that again next time.) so I have to put it all together. Then I'll be rereading the first two books (which is hardly a trial or anything. lol). Then I do a first read through of Terris, and look for any parts that make little to no sense, or don't work for the flow, or contradict stuff that I wrote before. You know, the parts where I sucked at writing.
After I've gone through to make it at LEAST understandable by humans, I'll be sending it out for some plot feedback from my team of people who enjoy telling me all the ways in which I've failed. (Alright, they're actually very nice people.)
Then comes yet another plot edit. This is more of a fine tooth comb sort of thing, but I'll still be looking at plot issues, if anything of note comes up with the betas.
Finally, the MS goes to the proofreader for red pen work, and then it will be formatted and uploaded on various sites.
So, we're honestly still looking at August, if I want to be realistic. Or maybe July, depending on how busy I am this summer. My kids will be gone at their grandparents' for a week, so hopefully I'll be able to push hard during that time period. :)
But I'm thrilled, beyond thrilled to be done. I'm excited where this book has gone, and ecstatic to pick it up for the fourth edition. I'm over halfway done with this series, and I'm both happy and kind of sad. I've devoted so much time and energy to these characters that I really hate to leave them behind.
For now, however, Nikka, Luka, and Zyander are back and they are happy to hold your attention for a bit.