Notes on the Novellas

My last post linked to AIP’s announcement about their acquisition of my novella trilogy. I’m still very excited, but I think I’ve got myself under control enough to share a little more information.

This is the project I’ve alluded to before. At first, Cross Cutting was just my Work-In-Progress. The premise and characters had been rattling around in my head for a long time and last fall I’d finally decided to get them on the page.

My first novel-length story got a big push when I participated in NaNoWriMo as a rebel. I used the energy of that month to set higher word count goals. I got 50,000 words of the 98,000 word story down and had a great time doing so.

I thought I’d try the NaNo strategy with the new story. It didn't work. I’ve changed and my process has changed. It was an interesting thing to learn and I have no regrets. I blogged about it. I readjusted.

I’d made some forward progress on the new draft when a friend from my writing group told us about AIP’s submission guidelines for three linked dark spec-fic novellas. It was an intriguing idea.

I read and re-read those guidelines. Cross Cutting is a dark urban fantasy set in contemporary Indiana.  It seemed like a possible match. I was excited about my premise and my main characters. I hoped they might appeal to readers too. Trinidad and Achilles were clear to me, but the plot for the novel wasn’t completely set yet.

I thought about it and decided to take a chance. I worked on the query and wrote the synopsis for the novellas. I sent it out. I figured it would be best to try to keep quiet about details.

I did write a post about how much I loved working with a synopsis as part of the drafting process. I had plot, more fully developed characters, and more excitement about the project. That alone made the attempt worthwhile, but I still hoped my query would be selected. Then I hoped my novella would be acceptable.

And…here I am.

There’s still a lot of work to do, and a ton of things to learn, but I’m excited about it.

Thanks to AIP!

Thanks for reading. I hope to share more in the months ahead. In the meantime, I'll continue as usual.