Sing a song of praise, because I sure am. I am sending it off to the betas very soon with fingers crossed. These are wonderful people who have graciously volunteered their efforts. I have one I'm still waiting on a response from, and if I don't hear back I think I'll be fine with the crew I've got.
Excited? Nervous? Definitely. I was going to do a few last minute touch-ups, but I decided to wait until the final edit because of a personal tragedy that occurred this week. A close family friend is in a coma and will be removed from life support today to see if they have any brain function remaining. We're all nervous, and hoping for the best. When things like that happen, it really puts life into perspective, and all the little stuff just goes away.
Last draft means that major revisions are complete. Unless I receive consistent feedback on a particular element to the story, I don't plan to do any major revisions, only because the series is written out in full and there is a potential it could impact future books. But I'm hoping the betas provide some valuable input, and help me to polish it up.
The next steps are working on a cover design and naming this puppy. I had a few names rolling around, but it's a tough call. In the traditionally published world, I don't think the author selects their own title. These are things the editor or publisher helps them do, maybe they run it by them. "Sterling" was a last minute call. I was stuck on "Lightwalkers" but it didn't feel right, and I was lucky enough to stumble across the word in the book and it just clicked. I'm not hard set on using a theme, like a word repeated in each title. It could happen with the remaining books, who knows.
Thanks to everyone who has been supportive, and interested in the sequel release. How can you show support? Review it! Recommend it to others! I do plan to do a polish to that title when I acquire some time, but if you spot anything heavy like a grammar issue, misprint or typo (shouldn't be any typos because spell checks catch those, but word replacements occur) then contact me. I don't bite, and I can make note, possibly doing a quick revision if it's that severe.
Life live to the fullest, guys. Now I need to go focus on supporting my friend in her time of need.