Quick update on my various and sundry writing projects.
The Wild Hunt – The Godless Saint – Book One is rolling right along. I’m 67,000 words into the first draft, which is about half way through the novel. And yes, that’s a lot of words. The Wild Hunt looks like it’s going to be roughly twice as long as Sire and Scion, my contributions to the “pretty teenage vampires” genre. I work on The Wild Hunt every night, and add about 5,000 words per week to the manuscript. At that rate it should take me twelve weeks to complete the story, at which point I’m going to put out a call for beta readers.
Speaking of, I got some great feedback from my beta readers on Scion, and I’m currently in the process of editing that novel. The good news is most of the story is going to stay as-is, though the order of some events is going to get shuffled around. I am changing the tone of one of the major plot threads and adding a few new scenes, though. I work on Scion over the weekends, and hope to have the edits done in about one month, at which point I’ll probably put out a call for a final set of beta readers for that, too.
And then there’s the TVD recaps. I write those on Friday nights or Saturday mornings. Those all get published here, and Season Four will be collected as an eBook as soon as the season wraps. I should start poking The Lady to make me a cover so that I can get it up as soon as possible, actually.
Anyway! It’s time for you, my beloved readers, to share your thoughts. This week’s question is two-fold, and has to do with output.
First, do you prefer one or two longer works per year (we’re talking 70,000 – 100,000 word novels here, somewhere between 200 and 400 pages), or several shorter novellas per year (think four 30,000 word / 100 page stories)?
Second, how important is rigorous copy-editing to you? Does a misplaced comma make you throw a book away in disgust, or would you prefer to let some errors in if it means you get more stories faster?
Let me know in the comments.