Out of curiosity, I combined every single book of The Wasteland Chronicles into a master copy, including the second draft of Xenofall. I wanted to get a final word count, and since I think Xenofall will stay at a steady word count, I think these numbers are more or less concrete, give or take a few thousand words.
In its entirety, The Wasteland Chronicles is 459,206 words. That’s a lot of words. That’s 886 pages single-spaced Times New Roman 12 point font with a .25″ indent and 1″ margins (you know, for anyone interested).
I estimated I started working on the series seriously in September 2012, so let’s just say September 1 of that year. That’s 615 days ago, which really doesn’t seem like all that much. That’s an average of writing 747 words a day (again, which isn’t all that much, though that’s taking out editing time and stuff. I wasn’t writing new content for all of those days…maybe two-thirds or so).
Xenofall: 88,149 (currently)
The rest of the words come from the chapter titles, about the author, other randomness that’s not part of the story.
The main pattern, obviously, is that each book gets longer. I’d like to think it’s me developing my skills as an author more (let’s hope). The first book especially is lacking in description, and I don’t really hit that stride in full until Evolution and Revelation.
Throughout the entire series, the prefix “xeno” appears 716 times. That’s actually a lot less than I expected.
Assuming you were to buy all seven books (the first being free), you’d pay $17.94. Whoa, highway robbery!
Anyway, all this number crunching was a fun break, but now I have to get back to editing. I hope to have the second draft wrapped in the next couple of days.