The novel is moving along again, but the writing is much more complex. Many threads have been created and a lot of them must converge to form an ending. Others will have to remain open for Book II… and Book III, seriously.
The biggest problem is coordinating the story within the context of historic events and characters. Again and again I relearn the same lesson, no matter how much I want to, I will never be able to satisfy scholars and historians. For one thing, scholars don’t even agree amongst themselves. But I want to achieve a high degree of historic accuracy. I’ve read stories and seen shows about this era and many of them play fast and loose with the history, but I’m simply compelled to get this right.
I’ve already scheduled on last developmental review with my editor. And I plan to squeeze in a final edit before year-end; although this is feeling a bit unrealistic at the moment. I have enough material to split Book one into two books, but I’m committed to a single novel that will probably run 120,000 words.
As soon as the novel is cleaned up after the final edit, I will submit it to a couple of select editors; just to say I did, if for no other reason. But I’m convinced that I’ll just have to go ahead and self-publish.