Wait, There’s Good News Too

Before I get lost in the thickets of NaNoWriMo and the final volume of the Spire of Time trilogy, I have a bit of an announcement to make. And I’m hoping that everyone will be both understanding and excited. There’s good news and bad news.

I’m going to start with the bad news. I’d let you vote, but, well, I don’t feel like waiting anyway.

Second Thoughts, my Mirrors of Bershan prequel novella, is not going to be published on December 10th.

Please don’t beat me up for this. There’s good news, I swear, and it’s worth not beating me up. Before I give you that, let me explain why I’m pushing off the publication of Second Thoughts until sometime in 2014. You might like the reason.

I’m turning it into a full novel.

There are good reasons for that. Second Thoughts has always hovered on the upper end of novella territory. It’s taken some serious work to keep it from breaching the 40,000 word barrier. I’ve also had to skimp on some things that, in hindsight, would make the story better. I wasn’t entirely sure how necessary those things were until I gave the novella to a beta who hadn’t read either Bound or Possession. She asked a bunch of questions about those things I hadn’t explained enough or had skimped on. Then she asked some more questions and mentioned things she wished there was more of. Thank you, Amanda!

I’ve been mulling these comments since I got them. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the only way to make this one truly stand alone was to give up the idea that it could be a novella. It was going to have to become a novel. And the moment I made the decision to do that, my muse sat up and started pouring ideas into my brain, making it clear I’d made the right choice. Thank god I’m a fast typist, or I might have missed some stuff. I think I got it all though.

It is going to require redrafting the whole thing I think, but that’s okay. It’s going to be better. It’s going to be worth waiting for. I’m excited to write it. I think this might be what I do over Christmas. A girl’s gotta keep busy, right? I usually write over the holidays anyway, and into the new year. Sort of hit the ground running, you know?

Speaking of the new year, this is where we get to the actual good news. You see, there is something else on the publishing horizon that you might want to hear about. I mean, there’s a final volume of the trilogy left to release, right? That’s right, The Nine, book 3 of the Mirrors of Bershan, is the good news. I’m announcing a publication date.

January 13, 2014, you’ll be able to finish the journey with Faylanna and Tavis.

See, I told you it was worth not beating me up for. πŸ™‚ The cover’s in the works now, and I’ll be sending the manuscript off to my editor soon. Final edits will likely be my first post-NaNo task.

So, anyone excited enough for this bit of good news that they’ll forgive the bad? I really hope so.

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About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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9 Responses to Wait, There’s Good News Too

  1. Good for you, lovebug!

  2. quix689 says:

    That is definitely a VERY good reason to postpone publishing it. And I’m super excited to see what happens with Fay and Tavis. The second book was even more awesome than the first one was, so I’m even more excited about this release than I was originally – and I was already pretty damn excited. πŸ˜€

  3. Morgen Rich says:

    It’s refreshing to read that others have stopped in mid-stroke and reconsidered a story’s potential. When that happened to me, it was one of those “Are you serious, woman? Do you realize how much work this is going to be?” moments. I knew it was the right decision, much like you did, in that my muse started streaming ideas related to bits and pieces that it had bothered me to cut or ignore in the original stories (yep…not one, two, or three novels, but FIVE!). It took every ounce of trust in my muse to burn those original manuscripts. I knew if I didn’t, I’d be too tempted to scavenge from them. The new story needed to be fresh, not recycled. It sounds to me like that’s what’s happened to you, too. So, I don’t think you’ve delivered ANY bad news at all. To the contrary, I am thrilled you’re listening to your muse and following your gut instincts. The story will be awesome. πŸ™‚

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Sometimes, more is better. πŸ˜‰ If the story works better as a novel than a novella, then go for the novel. It’ll be a great read, I’m sure!

  5. Sounds awesome. πŸ™‚ You keep amazing me with your quick work… And shiny release date! πŸ˜€ That’s… soon. O_O Good luck on that and I can’t WAIT to see the cover and I’ve GOT to manage to get my hands on those first two!

    NANO! SO CLOSE! I CAN’T AAAAAHHH *flails* (Sorry, a little hyper here. ;))

  6. rookswriter says:

    I can’t wait to see the novel! Good luck!

  7. 4amWriter says:

    Another example of a story taking the reins. πŸ˜‰ I have never been a big fan of novellas. When an author has the chops to write a novel, then that’s the way to go. You’re making a good decision.

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