Time to get writing again

by Doc Coleman on October 11, 2017 · 1 comment

in NaNoWriMo, Novellas, Novels, WIP

So, I’ve been out of touch for a bit. A number of things have happened since my last post. Balticon 51 was a success. I somehow managed to sprain the meniscus in my knee stepping out of a doorway and I’m still trying to recover my full mobility. And I had a book signing.

I have to admit that I’m most excited to talk about the book signing. It is my “how I spent my Labor Day Sunday” story. You see, out at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, there is a local bookstore named Page after Page. Each year they invite local authors to come and sign books at the festival. This year, I threw my hat in the ring, and they asked me to sign books over Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, Saturday proved to be rainy, and since the signing area doesn’t have any cover, things were canceled. Signings and rain don’t mix well. But Sunday the weather was excellent. I manned a table along side of Daniel M. Ford, the author of the Paladin Trilogy, and we did pretty well signing our books. Daniel had two books of his trilogy, the third one scheduled to be published next year. He sold out of his first book, Ordination, and managed to sell most of the copies of Stillbright. I just had The Perils of Prague, but I sold off all the copies that Page after Page stocked. As I packed up my things, the owner of the booth told me that they’ll definitely have me back next year, and he strongly encouraged me to have another title to sell.

Which is why I’m about to embark upon an outrageous writing exercise.

I had decided that my next book was to be the sequel to Perils, tentatively named The Kindred of Kali. But I’m still a little concerned about my ability to turn out another 100,000 word book, get it edited, and get it ready for print. So I needed something else. Something smaller.

I do have a story I originally wrote for The Way of the Gun anthology. “The Shining Cog” clocks in at about 15,000 words, so it is more of a novelette. But I do have the rights to continue to write stories in that world, and I had always intended to write a follow up to that story. So this seems like an opportune time. And if I write a novella and combine it in one volume with “The Shining Cog”, that gives me a slim book, but something thick enough to sell, and people who already bought The Way of the Gun will still get lots of new content.

Soooo… I’m taking the rest of October to try to pump out that novella. Hopefully it will come out to around 35,000 words.

Why just October?

Because I need to get started on Kindred, and I’m going to make that my NaNoWriMo project for this year. Yup. Back to back writing projects. If I succeed, I’ll crank out about 85,000 words in just lest than two months. Wish me luck. I think I’m going to need it.

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