Months of work have paid off, and today I wrote the final paragraph of The Atholl Expedition, my second novel and the first in an exciting new series of books.
The final word count is a shade over 65,000 words, which is far longer than my original intentions but a good length for a short novel, I think. The final word count is subject to change as I have a couple of rounds of editing and polishing to go, but is unlikely to change by more than 5,000 words either way. I have a pretty good idea of exactly what needs to be done to get my rough draft into a publishable condition.
Now the real work begins!