I've been working on the second draft of Wintersteel, which is currently at 143,452 words. Making it the longest book I've ever written.
Naturally, I don't know what the final word count will be once I'm through with editing. Usually my books get longer during the editing portion, but the first draft is also usually a lot shorter than this, so we might have to cut significantly. Not sure yet.
But at the moment, I can tell you this thing has some meat on its bones.
By contrast, the three longest Cradle books currently are Blackflame at 111k words, Underlord at 103k words, and then Uncrowned at 93k words.
Wintersteel will almost certainly stay the longest of the series so far, even if we cut it all the way back to the 120k range, but I'll be interested to see where it ends up.
I'm as curious as the rest of you!
As for what this means about the release date, I'm not sure yet. It really depends on how long it takes me to make the changes to the first draft and what the readers have to say about the second draft.
So I'm thinking it will probably be released shortly before Florida rejoins Atlantis at the bottom of the sea.
(2nd in length)
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Hey, what about those short stories you claim to have already written?
Apparently they're kept here!