By Michael Seese
Friends, as we speak, The Secret World Of Gustave Eiffel is sitting in the queue of my local printer. His initial estimate was one week. So by this time next week, I might be able to report that it's boxed and on its way to Paris for the American Library In Paris Book Award contest.
1/8: I learned of the contest.
1/12: I wrote the first words.
3/12: I finished the first draft (with acknowledged gaping holes) at 57,323.
5/10: I finished the final draft, sent it to the proofreader, and began designing the cover.
5/17: REALLY complete at 79,600 words.
By the way, here is the cover.
I don't think I want to try doing this -- writing and publishing a novel in 5 months -- EVER again.
Wish me luck!
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