A couple days ago, I finally finished the first draft of my novel, Moonrise Ink! The first draft clocks in at 105,365 words. Of course, that wordcount will probably decrease as I work on a second draft. 105K words is a bit long for a middle-grade fantasy. Still, I don’t want to chop words for the mere sake of a shorter wordcount; it’s all about what the story needs.
So I’ll soon be working on a second draft. For now, though, I’m taking some time away from reading my own writing so I can see it with fresh eyes in a few weeks or so. In the meantime, I’m beginning to research the market, possible agents to query, and working on coming up with the best query letter I can.