Writing Updates

Updates on The Becoming Trilogy

Hi, everybody! So sorry I’ve been so awful about updating over here lately, but considering I’ve been doing nothing but working on the trilogy, you can hardly blame me, right? 😛

So I figured I’d post a quick update on the statuses of the three books in this particular zombie trilogy.

Book One
The first book is officially in the hands of the publisher. As of May 8th, editing is officially 100% done and the book is turned over to the publisher for whatever the next step happens to be. Needless to say, I’m excited. I also have confirmation from the publisher that the first book will definitely be out by the end of the year, barring some unavoidable circumstance causing a delay (which is unlikely, but let’s prepare for the possibility anyway, yes?).

Book Two
I’m currently a good deal of the way through with this book. If you’ll take a look to the left side of your screen, you can see a word count meter that gives you an idea of my progress in the book. The book itself needed some expanding, by about 20,000 words because it was running short of the approximate length requirements for Permuted. Which is fine, because I had a good deal of stuff to add anyway (speaking of, BETA READERS! I need you guys to get in touch with me!). My goal is roughly 95,000, which will put it not far off the length of the first book. As you can see, I’m not that much further away from it! 😀

Book Three
This one is in the planning stages, essentially. At the moment, it’s nothing but a glorified outline and a handful of loosely connected scenes. As soon as I’m done with book two (which I predict will be by the end of the week), I’m immediately diving into book three for about two weeks before I go back and begin edits and adjustments to book two. (Does that make any sense? No idea if it actually does or not lol.)

Most of my updates on the status of the book are being posted mostly on Twitter. I’ll try to remember to summarize the news on here about once a week, and I PROMISE this whole month-long non-update thing won’t happen again!


    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them! I can’t wait to get the first book out onto the shelves and get it out there to a larger, wider audience. 🙂

  1. I am so glad that I found your blog. I have been waiting for the next in the series and cannot believe that you are getting published! That is so great for you! I have the first two (Outbreak and Safe House) and have been waiting with baited breath for the next! You are an incredible writer and I love your style. Keep up the good work. I will gladly pay more than 99cents for your books. For once, a zombie series that keeps me wanting more! Thanks!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the first parts of the book, both of which will make up the first book of the trilogy. 🙂 There’s been some changes made to it — mostly adjustments and changes to a character and other tweaks to make it a smoother read, now that I’ve had a professional editor go through the book. I hope you’ll pick up the new version of the book whenever it comes out! 🙂

  2. Jessica, How do we sign up to be BETAs? PS: Have a good National EMS Apprciation Week

    1. Hi: I’ve already got all the betas I need. I’m really really picky about who I select as betas, and the ones I have are people I’ve known for quite some time. I don’t want to get bogged down waiting for too many betas to get back with me, so I’ve decided to stick with the four I’ve got.

      And thank you for the PS! We’re having a fish fry on base on Friday, which I am definitely looking forward to. I do love fish! 😛

  3. I’d like to be a Beta Reader. Already read your first 2 and read anything zombie-related I can get my hands on.

    1. Hi, Mike. As I’ve said to someone else, I already have all the beta readers I need; I decided to stick with four since I can manage that number and the spread of my pre-release works easily. 🙂 Thanks, though!

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