Ray Porter contacted me this week. Woo-hoo! Looks like my book is now in process.
He asked me about how I see my characters and I provided my opinions. There may or may not be further questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them.
In other news, after some critting on Scribophile, I’ve decided that For We Are Many needs a bit of re-work. Still too much procedural stuff, still too many roadblocks being resolved too quickly, still too many chapters with little or no conflict. And, IMO, scenes still being whipped past too quickly.
So I’ve re-sorted my latest revision back into the individual sub-plots, and I’m going to try to write each one as a novella. And I have to watch the number of POVs, something that is a constant problem with this series.
I’ll be on vacation soon, so I’ll have two weeks to just heads-down hammer on it. I anticipate having book 2 finished and editor-ready by the end of August.
Meanwhile, my agent and I are slowly working on my next (non-Bob) book. It’s going to be a busy time for me. I have to:
- Finish For We Are Many
- Finish book 3 of the bobiverse (about half-written, first draft)
- Re-edit Outland
- Finish book 2 of Outland.
- Write the book that Ethan and I are discussing.
He’s also pointed out Tor’s periodic requests for submission of novellas in various categories. He thinks it wouldn’t hurt for me to submit something to them. As it happens, I have an ideas list with more than 130 items on it, at latest count. Some of the ideas are too ‘thin’ for a full novel, but could certainly form a novella in the 25-40k range. I’ll have to keep that in mind.
Sadly, having a day-job puts a severe crimp in my writing productivity. 🙂 Maybe someday…