Hello friends! Hope you are all well! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Here’s a monthly newsletter from the War Room for you–plus a writing industry dilemma I’d like your help with!
Social Media and Blogging
First, let me say that when I’m not knocked out thanks to myoclonus, I’m busy writing novels. So, unfortunately, that means social media like Twitter and Facebook as well as this Blog and Geek2Geek (nine23blog.wordpress.com) have suffered. I still plan to be on Twitter and Facebook twice a week, and hopefully continue to blog here and at Geek2Geek once a month. I have an upcoming post about The Walking Dead for G2G–yay!! (And of course, it’d be about The Walking Dead…)
On another note, as of my last post, the edit on Weaving and Musings of Essencers, book 1 of the Aelathia Chronicles, wasn’t finished. Well, it’s been in the hands of beta readers for almost a month now. I’m hoping to start hearing feedback soon.
I’ve decided to focus on A Rose By Any Other Thorn, the sequel to “Weavings”. That’s now 19,142 words long now–out of a projected 150,000 words for the final project. Without including the scenes that were removed from book 1 to favor the introduction of a new character in book 2, “Rose” first draft is 12% finished.
Let’s take that in consideration of how long Weaving and Musings of Essencers is: 113,159 words. So I’ve given myself plenty of room to maneuver with book 2, since I’m greatly increasing the scope of the series and creating several branches of plots, ala Robert Jordan, George R. Martin, or Brandon Sanderson’s characters. If A Rose By Any Other Thorn does not reach 150,000 words, great. If it does, cool. If it goes over…it’ll be trimmed back. Even in retrospect of some of these other authors, who’ve I already mentioned, most of their novels are over 300,000 words long, so mine are a drop in a bucket comparatively. Or several drops…maybe half a gallon. From my research and advice from agents, 100,000-115,000 is industry standard for first time novelist in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. (Explains why all those first novels are so much shorter than those that follow, right? Ever think about that? I did, growing up, all the time.)
The big question on my mind–and that may be on yours–is why delay searching for agents and publishers to work on the second novel? First off, who said I’m actually delaying? I am searching, and compiling a list of those I want to query. The main point of it though, the element of a delay, comes in the scope that I’d like to have at least 50,000 words of the sequel written. If picked up, that means more dollar signs, significantly less waiting time between books once they finally hit the shelves, and allowing me more of a leeway to reach book 3–currently untitled–and also to start the Tselmnasa series.
Finally, though self-publishing is grand, I’m a tad-bit old-fashioned. (Side note: Maybe that’s why Captain America’s one of my favorite super heroes, next to Cyclops and Storm from the X-Men and Superman and Batman. Hmm….) So in regards to self-publishing, I’ve chosen not to pursue that direction for good or ill.
Is writing the sequel before querying agents a wise move from an industry standpoint? Truthfully, I haven’t read anything in my research to contradict or discourage this plan. That’s where you come in. If you have any advise for me on this strategic move, I’d love to hear it. So, please weigh in via the comments! Look forward to hearing from you!
And since it’s that time of the year, as they say in Aelathia, happy coming harvest and a summer planting!