Saturday, July 5, 2014

#amwriting #amediting #amreading

Good ol' hashtags for Twitter. I found I did all of these over the 4th of July weekend. We were hit by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur yesterday and there was nothing to do but sit inside on that rainy day and edit. And write. And read.

"Lane Changes", my YA light mystery and romance book, is being reviewed at a small, start up publisher right now. It is 77K words. The publisher knows that there is a book 2, but it was in VERY rough shape. I wrote these two stories back in 2006 to 2008 and for some innane reason, I thought it'd be a good idea to have each chapter be an individual document. There are 30 chapters in the second book and according to the Word Count...it's over 111K words long. Me thinks that may be a bit too much for a second book? The second book spans six years; the first four are glossed over because there wasn't much happening pertinent to the main storyline. So, I'm toying with the idea of writing more scenes for the first four years and making this a trilogy. There is a natural stopping point, so it can be done, but it'll be a lot of work. I already have some ideas that are popping into my head that will make the storyline of Lane much richer.

So, this leads me to the question...how many words is TOO many? I know, upon researching for agent submissions, 60K is a good minimum amount of words to have for a novel. I feel 111K is too many, and it's not even fully edited yet. To give you an idea of how much I was writing and editing yesterday for Book 2, when I first opened the file on my laptop and combined all the Chapters into one document, there were 99K words. From July 4-5th, I wrote in 12K more.

Ugh, the Math is what is going to kill me here.

So, yeah. There we go. What do you readers and writers prefer? A three book series where you have to wait three years to finish reading it or a standalone book with a Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3? I guess I will have to wait and see what the publisher would like from me if "Lane Changes" gets picked up!

Picture below stolen from The Waiting is the Hardest Part Blog




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