My first (non-family-member) reader has only two chapters left to go on Blackbirds. It sounds like I need to work on my ghost character more, but the plot seems to be passing the test with everyone so far. This is the first book in which I created a tight, detailed outline before writing, and I feel like it really helped keep the story on course.
I'll be spending August revising, and then I'll swap books with another critique partner in September and receive more feedback. After that, I plan to polish everything up for the rest of the year and still meet my goal of sending the book off to my agent in early 2011.
Is it really the last day of July already? June crept by for me, but July was a fast one.