Greetings, Packmates. You may have determined from past experience with us that when we’re on radio silence on the fan site we’ve been uber busy in the trenches. Not too long ago we made a special announcement in our newsletter, Around the Studio that we hoped to have Storms in print and available at our events at the end of April (have you signed up for the newsletter yet? No? Click here and go do that now. I’ll wait.)
Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men never survive the first line of contact. After laying out Storms we discovered we had a total of a hundred and twenty chapters over nine hundred pages. This earned me a dubious glance from my Monday night writer’s group president, Gregory, at one meeting. What can I say? We write. A lot.
At that point, Wendi and I decided to split the book, lopping off three hundred pages and plopping them into their own book. That left us with a much more manageable six hundred page book—and I use the term “manageable” loosely. This in turn created other challenges, like reworking an ending and filling in baddies that had somehow disappeared completely in parts three and four.
It also set back the production schedule.
The more we schlepped through rewrites, the more we realized how much work we had left to do. All the while the hours and days ticked away. The pressure of this self-imposed deadline made us feel constricted, and when that happens, story almost always suffers.
We’ve never had a hard deadline with any of our books. For us, there is no reason for a hard deadline. We’re not under contract to anyone but ourselves. We also run a business full time during the day and it’s all about priorities.
Everything we do requires a certain standard of quality. If those standards aren’t met, we don’t put it out there. This new series is a monster, with a lot of story to tell. When it does come out, believe me, Packmates, you’ll have plenty to read. Each of the drafts we have are as large as the first draft of Storms. After a discussion about printing costs for such large books and how to reduce them, we decided we had two options: find a cheaper printer or learn how to write short.
Until we find a better printing source, the latter option is the only one that’s doable right now. This is where the amoebas come in. Storms was split again. Yup, we actually had three stories in one book. Now we have a new Storms, a new book two and a new book three, all of which need new beginnings and new endings written, holes filled, and various other weavings.
What started as drafts for four books is now doubled, or tripled, depending on how many story lines we have in each one.
So, what does this mean for you? The bad news is, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. The good news? You’re going to have so much to read you’ll need a dedicated book case to hold everything.