A few months ago I said that I would publish the next novella in my Slaughter Chronicles series in May. And then one of my beta readers (Mr. J, who is supportive and loves me) asked for more time to go through my final draft and I pushed the publication date forward to the end of June.
And as I was running through my final edits I came to the realization that this book wasn’t going to be a novella. It’s a novel. It’s over 50,000 words long. But I can live with that. It wasn’t part of the plan but it’s fine. Whatever. Story happened. It’s fine.
Well, it is now the end of June and Moon Shine is still not ready because–and this is the truth–I was 99.9% done with the edits and going through my beta reader’s final notes and as we were talking (because he is supportive and he loves me) he suggested that one of the characters I had planned to introduce much later in the series (Book 6) be here, in this book, and here in the series from the beginning.
And then that character spoke up in my head saying: “Yeah, I’ve been here the whole time, actually.”
And I said, “Oh really? And what have you been doing?”
And he said, “Gardening.”
Gardening. (Physical and Psychological 0_0)
So now I have to make this work. And it’s not hard. It actually makes sense. There are a lot of good things about this decision. And from this decision I was able to add better layers to the plot holes that I made. Further, moving this character from Book 6 to Regina’s prequel novel has helped me outline one of the possible (and my favorite by far) endings to the entire series.
So it was a productive and positive decision but it also means I have three new paragraphs to sew into the manuscript and more editing to do.
Therefore I am moving the publication date of Moon Shine forward to October 31, 2019. I am going to have a Halloween book baby this year, goddamnit!
Havoc’s Moon, Book 1, will hopefully be released in December this year. I’ve actually got the outline almost done for this one so I’m feeling positive about completing it without any surprises.
To anyone who cares: Thank you for your patience while I work all this stuff out. This is the joy of self publishing.