I proudly finished the full draft "Model Student" on March 19 and immediately sent it off to my editors. Done with that and ready to start a new project, I thought.
Then I got it back from BlackIrish and CJ. As I read their notes and my original text, I realized that I had done what I so often do and rushed the ending. Not only did it damage the story, but my readers would feel cheated. Not the taste I want to leave in your mouths.
So, I rewrote the entire last two chapters. They are now three chapters and about 9,000 more words. But it is a satisfying conclusion with the loosest of the loose ends tied up and the others that are dangling forming an enticement to the next volume.
You might find it odd, but I actually want a reader to put my book down at the end and feel satisfied. I'm not breaking it in the middle of a sentence or giving you a "Then the phone rang..." ending. Sure, I want you to like the book well enough that you want to read the next book in the series, but I don't want you to feel like you have to read the next book in order to find out how the story ends.
So I finished the new draft this morning and sent it off to the editors again. All done and ready to start a new project.
Oh. I said that before, didn't I.