12/4/13 - My novel is done. I have renamed it VENGEANCE and will begin querying agents in the New Year. The final word count is 90,552 with ninety-two chapters, including the prologue and epilogue. Needless to say I was a little giddy at work this past Wednesday.
I entered VENGEANCE in The Minotaur Books - First Crime Novel Competition. The winner will be offered a publishing contract and receive a $10,000 advance against future royalties. The winner will be announced at the Edgar Awards Banquet April 2014 in New York City. Wish me luck.
Now it's time to roll up my sleeves and get back to work on book two in the Reece Culver Series. The thought of having free time to spend on just one book feels so good. For months I've been jumping back and forth between Book One and Book Two. Both manuscripts have been screaming for attention like children in a sibling rivalry wanting a parent's sole attention.