It’s no surprise I am still working on Rise of the Draman, though I REALLY want to get it finished! Why does every project take longer than I estimate?? Can’t I just write and ignore everything else? It’s not all doom and gloom, as I am making significant progress – even squeezing in the holidays and tax preparation. Speaking of taxes, my book income went way down this year and I overspent on promotions. I’ll have to be even more careful – it’s going to be tough.
Anyway, back to my WIP. I completed story five in late November, so what have I been doing for the last eleven weeks? When I started the project, it was supposed to be a series of short stories, released one at a time over several months. Those goals were jettisoned when I realized:
- I’m no good at writing short stories. I do just fine with flash fiction or novels, but short story writing is a special ability I don’t seem to have! A bit discouraging, but a good learning experience.
- Publishing and promoting five separate titles is WAY more than I can afford at the present time.
By the time I got to the last one (Dragon Rescue), the decision was made to combine the stories into one volume. By doing so, it freed me from word count restrictions – and set me up for a lot more work!
Dragon Child went from 11,172 words to 19,803 – a 43.5% increase.
Dragon Valley went from 14,214 words to 22,634 – a 37% increase.
Dragon Bonds went from 11,722 words to 16781 (so far – not finished yet).
At 13,000 words, Dragon Quest will most likely get a hefty increase.
At 30,00+ words, Dragon Rescue shouldn’t need anything.
Adding new material isn’t the only reason I’m behind, of course, as there are now internal consistency issues to address and small but important changes which affect all the stories. Oh, and don’t forget a thorough round of editing and another beta read for each one. At some point I also have to create character lists, maps, a terrific blurb, and apply for the copyright. The joys of self-publishing are on full display here, and I haven’t even reached the promotions stage! Whoopee!
Yes, I’m very eager to get the book finished and launched, but I won’t cut corners – even though it’s taking MUCH longer than I thought it would. I’m tired and want to reach the finish line right now, but the race isn’t over. Giving up isn’t an option, no, no, no. I’m going to birth this baby if it kills me, and then promptly forget about the pain as I start on the next one. Yep, writers are weird.