Hack, Cut, and Chop
That's how many words I've axed from The Allison Lee Chronicles Volume 3 so far. Honestly, I'm impressed I could slice away so much fat by sacrificing only one minor subplot. I mean, 16,000 words is 12.6% of the original manuscript.
That's right, my rough draft had clocked in at 127,000 words. That's about 40,000 words longer than the first two books in the series.
I don't think I'll get Volume 3 down to the 86K-87K range of the first two books.
That means hewing away another 11,000 words or so. A big task? Yes. But I'm optimistic. I've only eliminated three chapters through consolidation, so there's plenty of room to tighten the belt.
Wish me luck!