Lee Gabel's Blog
September 4, 2021
I have some good news (and a contest you could win!) As we head towards fall, I am on track to finish the first draft of my three-book saga by the end of February 2022.
The longest book I have ever written was Arachnid 2.0, which published at 135,000 words. That milestone took me 14 months. With my new saga, I have been writing Monday through Friday since the middle of January, representing about eight months of work (or 162 actual working days.) My wordcount has surpassed 170,000 words. ...
June 6, 2021
I have some good news and some bad news. First the good news. I have finished the first draft of the first book in this three book saga. WOOT!
It came in at 110,000 words. And I’m keeping the momentum going by rolling right into the second book while details are still fresh in my mind.
The bad news? I miscalculated my estimate to finish the first drafts of all three books. I do not work weekends but I was incorporating weekends in my estimate. D’oh! My bad.
The new estimate is look...
May 16, 2021
I made great progress last month on my new trilogy/saga and banked almost 22,000 words.
The first draft is always for me so perhaps I am writing too much detail. At this point I don’t care too much because I’m having too much fun. Hopefully that comes out on the page too.
I’ve got a total of 90,000 words banked on the first book of the new trilogy/saga. Even my new target of 100,000 words per book might not be enough. This month I should be done with the first draft of book one. I ho...
February 15, 2021
Despite starting on a new three-book series this year, I will be writing a fourth book in the Detest-A-Pest series.
I don’t want to become bored of the stories I write. That boredom would come across on the page. It was one of my biggest fears when first attempting a series. What if the series starts feeling like “more of the same”? I know it’s the characters that drive the story, but the situations can feel similar. The last thing I wanted was to start going through the motions. That’s o...
January 18, 2021
A new year brings a new three-book series. I’ve been working on the outline for far too long and now that 2020 is over I can really get down to business.
What’s it going to be about, you ask? Well I can’t divulge too much, but it will be set in the 1980s, involving a group of teenagers around an inciting incident that can be used for both good and evil. There’s friendship, love, betrayal, and revenge, and there may be a bit more sex in the story than in my past books. I’m not opposed to t...
September 30, 2020
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know that I’ve been working on something different. Something young adult and supernatural / paranormal. In my typical style, it’s hard to define.
It’s been a tough slog. On top of the pandemic, plus the recent forest fires and the civil unrest in the United States, my new series has been slow to come together. I work from home, and you’d think that writing during the pandemic would be no different than any other time. But it wasn’t. Having t...
April 24, 2020
So I’ve gone and done it now. I’ve locked myself to a hard deadline.
Molerat 2.0 will be released on July 5, 2020. Mark your calendars. I have a pre-order set up and you’ll save some money if you secure your order now. I have a few select retailers set up.
The novel came together relatively quickly compared to Arachnid 2.0. I hope you like it. I had a lot of fun writing it, and not just because it’s about flesh-eating creatures run amok. You’ll have to wait and find out why…
Until then, thank ...
April 3, 2020
After a comprehensive re-read and multipass check for errors and grammatical mistakes, Molerat 2.0 is off to the editor.
Whats my next step? Cover design and following that, setting up a pre-order. It looks like Ill release the book in July. After all that good stuff is done, Ill either dig into my next series idea or write a few short stories or maybe both!
Thanks for your patience.
February 3, 2020
So I’ve done it again. I aim for a word count target and I overshoot it. But it’s not on purpose, I swear.
Whenever I begin a novel, I aim for a 70,000 word first draft. I outline but I’m not set in stone regarding events. Often situations arise, often caused by characters doing their own thing in the story, and I need to veer off the agreed path. It’s usually fine as long as I can keep the characters satisfied as well as get them back on track. Molerat 2.0 (Detest-A-Pest #3) is moving along...
September 23, 2019
There were times when I didn’t think I would ever finish this book. But I did and it’s online right now.
It blows my mind that my book Vermin 2.0 would go on to be popular enough to warrant a second book. But that’s what my readers were telling me. After I wrote Vermin 2.0, I went on to write two more novels in completely different genres, before returning with a second book in the series, Arachnid 2.0. I guess you could say I was testing the waters; what did I enjoy writing and did my reader...