Zero, and that was NOT a good thing. I sold my first completed novel in about five days, and instantly got a three-book contract. I had to live with some half-baked, half-thought relatioships. Ever since, I put a book away for months before I show it to anyone.
-->Have you ever thrown away a book that you just couldn't make work?
I have, and there are a few I WISH I had, but I'm not saying which ones since other people seem to like them.
-->Is it still exciting to publish a new book even after all this time?
It's flabbergasting. I sit alone in a room for months and months and then all these people swing into action, actually turning my daydream into an actual slab of paper that real bookstores can foist upon an unwitting public.
-->Do you have entire story arcs mapped out when you begin a trilogy or a series of related books?
I never have any idea where a book is going. I start with a basic idea and a handful of characters and then I just follow the characters, which is why I throw the occasional book away.