Most of this month has been taken up fixing the side project I was compelled to write a couple of months back. It’s still third person, which feels better now I’ve added some more scenes (it’s about half again as long, despite cutting some, and novella length).
I redid the final act to make more sense for the lead character. The action now makes sense (to me) as the logical way to resolve the problem. Partly influenced by personality traits that maybe aren’t fully explored here, but I think it works. Most of the rest didn’t need much work, just a few additional scenes to cover the secondary POV character, without them being superfluous.
I might try submitting it to Tor.com, since they’re currently open for novellas. Their guidelines are slightly odd. They say 30,000 to 40,000 words is the range their looking for, but will consider stuff slightly shorter, although nothing under 17,500. Mine is 18,500, which I’d consider more than slightly shorter. Still, it does seem to be just within the acceptable limit, although I’d assume with reduced chance of being successful (and it’s not in the genre in which they’re most interested).
I’ve been waiting for their imprint to open for submissions again, though I was hoping they’d be accepting longer works. I have a short novel (the 49,000 word Song of Thunder) that’s been sitting around since the end of last year. Since I’d planned releasing the Tales of the Thief-City short stories on a monthly basis it was easier to hold it back and see. If they don’t open to longer submissions by the end of the year I’ll just go ahead and self-publish.
Next up I’ll get back to work on the larger piece I’m in the middle of. I still have the viewpoint chapters of two of the main characters from the second part to do. One was giving me some trouble getting a handle on it, but the break has helped add structure to it in my mind, so hopefully it’ll go smoother now. Then I’ll just have the third part to come up with, from only a few vague ideas.
Publishing wise, the final two parts of the Tales of the Thief-City series are out in the next couple of months. That’ll put my number of titles on Smashwords at 50. Then I should put out a collected edition at some point (the print one is ready to go), and think about getting some of my outstanding projects ready for publishing. At some point.