Word Count Milestone

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - Word Count Milestone

This weekend, while writing Book Four of The Questrison Saga®, I crossed the 100,000 word count barrier!

So What’s the Big Deal?

The big deal is that I have never written this many words in one novel before. It felt like a personal milestone worth sharing. The other three books in my series ranged from approximately 70,000 to 89,000 words, give or take a couple thousand.

What Does That Mean for Readers?

This higher word count means that Book Four readers will be fully immersed in world-building, new and familiar character development, multiple plots and character arcs, and a whole slew of new vocabulary! And yes, there will be a pronunciation guide at the end of Book Four, as in the previous two books. Readers, I want to take you on an epic journey, fraught with peril, laced with love and friendship, filled with wonder, and hopefully giving you a satisfying end to The Questrison Saga®.

When Will Book Four Be Available?

Book Four is not finished just yet. I’m getting VERY close, having just written one of the two major, epic sequences headed toward the end. I am currently in talks with the cover artist and will be giving him concept art of my own, as well as text excerpts, to add to the beautiful covers of the series. I know Book Four’s cover is going to be gorgeous.

Before I hand off the finished manuscript to the editor, I’m going through with a first pass edit. Then I’m giving it to beta readers (in fact, one of them is essentially reading what I have as I finish it). Anything lacking clarity or other helpful suggestions will be addressed. Then I’ll hand it to the editor.

After the final edits are made, incorporated, read through multiple times by me, and the cover art is made into an actual book cover, then I will upload everything to the book maker and distributor. My goal is to publish Book Four in late Spring or early Summer of this year. I am not hammering down that date yet, for multiple reasons. I want to make sure everything is good and ready and that I feel up for the barrage of work and promotion involved.

Can Readers Have a Sneak Peek?

I’ve been asked this a lot. Unfortunately the answer is probably going to stay “no” because of the nature of the end of the prior book, Accretion: The Questrison Saga®: Book Three. Any excerpt I give would instantly spoil the third and fourth books for potential readers of either of those works. That being said, you will see some neat promotions for the book, and there will be a cover reveal countdown, etc.

Now, once preorders become available? Then keen fans will be able to preview the first few chapters for ebooks like Kobo. I can’t do anything about that, but hopefully, it’ll be an exciting taste for what’s ahead.

How Long Will Book Four Actually Be?

The truth is, I’m not sure. I’m padding this thing well, because there is a LOT to cover. This time, that’s purposeful, so that my editor can take her word saber to the thing and cut more if she feels it needs it. I would rather have that luxury than not give readers a full experience by keeping the word count lower.

Not a spoiler: it’s the biggest book of the series, it’ll be gorgeous, and I hope you love it. Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of my site so you get the exclusive cover reveal first this spring!

Read the Series to Date

You have a few months to catch up on The Questrison Saga®! Start the journey with Heliopause, venture into the galaxy at large in Ephemeris, and try to catch your breath in Accretion. As always, thank you for supporting my work!

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