To refresh everyone, my goal is to release three books next fall (September/October/ November) and then a boxed set of all three in December.
To make that goal, I need to finish the second draft of the second book in the trilogy, The Demon’s in the Details, by the end of the year. I know this because I’ve done a fair amount of project management over the years and Rule One of project management is: Meet your intermediate milestones.
You may recall that, citing the pressure of the holidays, I set only a single goal for November: revise 125 pages.
I didn’t make that goal, but I’m happy to report that I did get through 102 pages. (Rule Two of project management: When you miss a milestone, put a positive spin on it.)
I’m now at the beginning of Act 3 and the manuscript exceeds 50,000 words. The finished book should run between 80,000 and 90,000 words–approximately 300-350 pages.
So, not goal, but not too shabby.