How many drafts/revisions did you go through to write California? How long did it take to call it finished?
The novel went through about 3 revisions before it sold, and then another 3 or so afterward with my editor. But after a while the revisions start to blend together--some are big, but some are minor and I'm not sure they can count as real revisions. It took about 3 years for me to finish those first drafts, and then another year or so of revisions with my editor. Wooh! By the time the book comes out it will have been almost 5 years since the day I began the book...no one ever said novel writing was quick!