Hide and Seek is done. Well, very nearly, anyways.
Last night I wrote, and today I posted, the final chapter in my longest Special People story arc yet. It was Chapter 55, and the total length of the story is about 50,000 words.
I have a brief epilogue to write, containing one final scene, and then that'll be that. The story will be finished and I can move on.
Except not quite.
My long-term goal with Special People is to package up the story arcs into (self-)publishable, printable books and sell them through my Store, alongside my other writing. Why hasn't that happened yet? After all, I'd already completed three story arcs before I even started Hide and Seek.
Well, put simply, it's because those stories aren't ready to publish. It isn't enough for me to wrap up the serialization of the story and get every chapter up on the website; I also have to deal with editing and, in some cases, rewriting, and there's nothing that shuts down my creative urges like rewriting... Yuck.
Of the stories I've written for Special People so far, I'd say Hide and Seek is maybe in the most publishable shape, though Who Killed Walter Carton? came out pretty decently, too. (Trends suggest that I'm getting better over time!) But before I can release Hide and Seek as a novel, I know for sure that there's one specific chapter I have to significantly rewrite, because I forgot to factor in the use of a character's special ability, and I'm pretty certain there are a variety of problems with the continuity and flow of the story, simply due to the fact that my writing time was spread out over such a long time period. I guarantee I've forgotten some of the details of the early story, and made some blunders in the later chapters because of it.
Then, on top of all that, I have to consider whether it would even make sense to publish Hide and Seek before putting out the arcs that came before it. This is a tricky one, because Hide and Seek actually takes place 10 years before Hands-On and King of the Dark, and doesn't require knowledge of those stories, but I feel like those earlier arcs may do a better job of introducing the reader to the Special People "universe" and its primary character(s).
If I decide that I want to publish the stories in the order I wrote them, that means I have to revisit my plans to rewrite Hands-On and King of the Dark. There's a great road plan laid out for me to do so, but it's going to take time to do it, and like I said, that doesn't exactly get my creative juices flowing.
Thankfully, I'm going to have a month to work through whichever set of edits or rewrites I decide to pursue, while the comic, Change, gets posted. I'll keep everyone updated on my plans as and when I make any decisions.
I received a package in the mail today, and lo and behold, it contained 20 copies of my new book, BECOMING!
I'll be shipping those out to everyone who's ordered one over the next few days. If you haven't purchased a copy yet, get on it! They're only $11.99 in my Store, and if you get BECOMING along with its predecessor, DISCOVERY, you can save a lot on the combined shipping.
Today I'm so excited to announce the opening of preorders of the second Year of Stories collection, BECOMING. Like DISCOVERY before it, this book contains three months' worth of short stories, 15 in total this time, making up around 195 pages of adventure, exploration, danger, decisions, and learning moments, hopefully not only for the characters but for you, the reader, as well.
You can grab yourself a copy of the book from my online Store right now for just $11.99 plus shipping, or let me know on Facebook or by some other means if you'd like to buy one from me in person. I'm hoping to have orders begin to ship by the end of June.
In related news, I announced in my most recent podcast that I will be taking a bit of break from the Year of Stories project to focus my efforts on continuing Special People, wrapping up Losing Freight, and hopefully finishing the novel I've been working on off and on for the past six months. This doesn't mean that BECOMING will be last you see of the Year of Stories, but it does mean that Quarter 3 will probably be pushed back a few months, and may be presented in a slightly different format when I pick it up again. As always, watch this space and listen to my podcast for further news on this front.
The latest print offering I have for you is my novelette Galloway's Hunt. You can grab it now from Amazon for $5.99. As a special bonus with the print edition, you get an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Galloway's Voyage, which I've been making good progress on lately.
And as before, you can get the ebook either from my Store or from Amazon for 99¢.
I received my proof copy of DISCOVERY in the mail today, and it's glorious, if I may say so myself. Check it out:
It looks great, it's full of interesting stories, and it can be yours for just $11.99!
I'm going to start shipping out people's orders on March 26, so if you want to be sure that you're in on that first shipment, grab yourself a preorder today!