Now I’m more like 6-7K away from the end. The first half of the book has been edited so many times, I’m good to go there, right through the Interlude. Then I have to true up the arguments between Nick and Caroline about whether Alex should live or die and how, and I’m good there. I’m working up the romance angle, which I was opposed to initially, but I’ve realized it’s sales suicide not to make that happen, and why cut my nose off to spite my face? It’ll be hard enough to sell without making it unsaleable.
So at the very latest, I’m looking at a publication date of July 1. Here’s the draft cover I ran up: