Guess I can let the proverbial cat out of the bag: I’ve been offered a publishing contract by Royal James Publishing for my novel, The Invisible Crown. It’s terribly exciting. I’ll give you plenty of information as things move along.
With the exception of the new cover for Missing Persons, which was drawn by the magnificent Ping Teo, I’ve been doing all the cover designs for the books I’ve been writing. I’ve already done one for Hazzard Pay, the short story collection that comes out next Tuesday, and I did the original for Missing Person, and now I’m working on one for the first full-length novel, The Hidden Throne. It’s tricky work, but I think I’m starting to figure it out.
Submitted a short story to a magazine a few weeks ago. It was rejected, unfortunately, but the editor who emailed me did have some kind things to say and some useful constructive criticism. Ultimately, I won’t be sitting in my underwear, eating a tub of cookie dough ice cream, and crying, but I won’t say I’m not disappointed.
So what the hell, I’ll try to write a novel.
November is National Novel Writing Month, a time when amateur (and possibly less-than-amateur) writers attempt to create a draft of a full, 50,000-word novel in a single month. It’s a daunting challenge, but it’s one I’ve always wanted to try. I’ve written a number of short stories in my day, including a few that were quite lengthy (upwards of thirty typed, single-spaced pages), but I’ve never managed an actual novel-length work. I mean, 50,000 words is a lot (at an average of 250 words per double-spaced, type-written page, that’s…um…200 pages. Had to do that math). A heckuva lot.
But hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? So I’m going to give it a shot. I’m already behind where I need to be (50,000 words in 30 days averages out to about 1700 words per day, and I’ve only got 6700 after six days), but I think I can catch up on the weekends. I’ve already written the first act, and I’ve got Act II mapped out and part of Act III. We’ll see what happens, I guess, and I’ll keep everyone here up to date.