And now, THE MAGIC BRIGADE.
Added 5,000 words, a hell of a lot of world building, stripped away potential Harry Potter similarities (teens + magic x school setting = HP -- the new math of urban fantasy), did some word tweaking. This sucker's done. Stick a fork in it.
It's on the way to my agent. God willing, he'll love it and then...submission time.
Before that can happen, I have to come up with...the Evil Synopsis From Hell. (And no, not the good HELL kind, either. The pull-your-hair-out-of-your-head, WTF-is-this-freaking-book-about-anyway kind.) And a series arc. Gah.
After all this time -- 17 years and three books later -- the synopsis is STILL an evil beast.
Maybe it will come to me in the morning, after some sleep and a lot of coffee.
For tonight, huzzah that the revision is done.
For tomorrow...boiling 220 pages down into 3. Joy!
(Here's to the day when editors say, "Jackie wrote another book? We don't need to know anything about it -- give her an obscenely huge advance, because we want that book...whatever it is!")