|Islamorada Key, Florida|
|Me, ignoring all the rules of proper comma placement|
|115,000 word novel personified|
- Traditional publishers or agents aren't particularly fond of "emerging authors" (whatever the hell that means) writing novels in excess of 100k words.
- My existing fans are of the age (not exactly "tweens" or even twenty-somethings) where they prefer an actual book to read over e-books.
- If I self pub at 115k words, I'm going to have charge $400 retail on my paperbacks (same reason the other guys don't want them to be that long). I have no idea how many €'s that would be, but with the current exchange rates...I'm guessing...a lot.
- It's just too goddamned long for what it is (a novel, not an Ayn Rand or Harry Potter book).
- No matter what B.S. I spew about not writing for an audience, my stomach turns to know that some people will put it down and never pick it up again if they feel for even a second that it's too wordy.
|If I don't finish this novel by midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin|
|"Nurse, hand me my comma scalpel. I'm going in."|
|Why you should never read blogs while in the shower.|
But it isn't a pound of flesh we are speaking of. It's 20% of the novel. It will require more than a surgeon's scalpel to flesh it out.
|Enter The Editor|
At twenty percent, a large knife won't even get it all. It will be gruesome and painful. And the worst part is already known to me. Those first few beautiful words I wrote in Key West that started it all...every single of one them will fall to the cutting room floor. And whatever do you do with words like those?
Thanks for reading!