I was FINALLY able to work on Beyond the Gate
again. Have I mentioned how much I love this story? Here's a lesson for you, boys and girls--there IS resurrecting something you formerly thought unpublishable. A few years ago, when I finished and shopped this novel, I believed it was a solid, publishable story. As it turned out, whether it was or not was MOOT. It was too long. Just too long. Since becoming an editor with HRB, I understand that better now than I ever thought I would.
Back then, I hadn't the skills to tame this baby. Now I do. I WILL get it down to 150K--an acceptable length for HRB's "established" authors. What I believed three years ago is still true--this is a gooooood story. Now it will be a good story at a publishable length. The bogwitch, she is happy.
I'm about 2/3 of the way through. My goal is to finish by my birthday (3/26), but really? I'll probably be finished before February has breathed its last. This one won't get published until spring of 2013, so there's no rush. But I DO want to have a good long while to write Ritual Born,
because I have a feeling that one is going to take a while. In a perfect world, I'll put out a book a year. 2014? Yeah, I think I can do it.
I finished what should be the last hard edit on my very first HRB as official editor. We have to go back and forth a bit yet, but all that's eft is the spit and polish. I started working on edits for a novel that won't be out until October. There's time, but it flies, so I'd rather be ahead of the game. Always busy at HRB. Always busy. This is a good thing, even if it drives us mad!
Oh, if you haven't peeked in over at Heroines of Fantasy
, do! It's lovely.Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the holiday air!