Revisions have started in earnest and I’ve got the first few chapters in great shape. My hope is to get the story to beta readers by Saturday, January 27th. It’ll be a bit of a hike to get there, but I’m going for it. Those on my newsletter will start seeing scenes in the next week or two (sign up!).
I’ve got a cover artist working going, and it’ll be very different from the Yellow Hoods covers. I figure, with a new series, time for a new look and feel. Now, if you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I always create a quick and dirty cover that takes me 3-5 minutes and has some emotional connection for me. This is my placeholder cover, until we’re ready to do a reveal. So, since you’re here ANYWAY, here’s my quick cover.
Lately, I’ve been using the words “story architecture” with my wife as I talk about areas of the story that are missing a scene or need to be changed for pacing or prominence. It’s an interesting analog to software architecture for us (both being software peeps), and it applies very well. One scene broke into three, allowing all three of them to breath and the whole chapter to have a greater impact on the beginning of the story. I keep thinking of the advice my good friend Stacey gave me on Tilruna: Fall of House Andes (which is in the queue to be revisited and completed in two months), which was to let my stories breath. So that’s exactly what I’m doing. I let them breath, and then I look at them ruthlessly and ask if there’s anything that should be cut (to avoid bloat).
So where are we at? Well, I don’t think this is a 50-55k story anymore, not with having already hit 51,372 words (and that includes having ripped some stuff out as part of the revision process). I think we’re likely at 60k, maybe 62k?
AND the edits for The Wizard Killer – Season 3 are done, so I need to get to those. But, those will sit until King’s-Horse is out to betas. I want to have both books ready for CalgaryExpo at the end of April.