Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  Over 200k.  I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished.

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, Alice, Daina, Daniel, Yolanda, Trace, Books4me, Vince, Laurie, DAE, Jace, Matthew, and Siobhan for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!  I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review).  Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em!  (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors.  Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so!  And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review.  If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)

News:  I am halfway through the epilogue of Echo 4.  So I gotta finish drafting this last chapter up, then write the afterword, then start editing.  As of now, Echo 4 consists of around 95 chapters and is probably close to 300,000 words, which is close to a 1000 pages.  I’m gonna try and do my best to chop it down to like 150,000 words, but this is the finale of the series, so I gotta make sure that everything gets done right.  I’ve heard suggestions to split it into two parts, but like I said in Echo 1, I publish by the thematic significance of the story arc.  I’m not gonna do what they did in the Hunger Games movies and make a Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.  (I understand why they did that for the movies; who wants to sit through a four hour movie, right?)  If there was a clear break point in Echo 4 where there were two distinct story arcs, I’d consider doing something like that, but there’s not, so I’m gonna stick with it as is.  Maybe this’ll make up for the shortness of Echo 1—I know a lotta people were pissed about that, LOL.  Anyways, I gotta get cracking again!  If you’re a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!


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