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16 January 2017 @ 04:47 pm
I accidentally wrote a book.  

I started a novella on January 1. It was gonna be a quick & dirty little retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it was gonna be 25-30K and written in a week, and I was gonna slap a cheapie cover on it and fling it up onto the interwebs in a Surprise Novella Drop!

When, at the end of a week’s writing and 23.5 thousand words, I had only just gotten to the Beast, it was pretty clear that this was not going to be a novella, and that in fact it had gotten entirely out of hand and maybe it would be worth getting my magnificent cover artist, Tara O’Shea (Fringe-Element.net) to do a proper cover.

At the end of TWO weeks, it was 60,000 words long, a proper (if short) novel, and *finished*.

I sent the dreadfully rough draft off to some beta readers last night and by this morning was convinced I had made the worst mistake in the world, giving it to ANYBODY in that format. But then I had email from one of them, who’d made the mistake of checking her email after midnight when she’d gotten home from an event, and stayed up all night reading it. She said, “It is utterly charming and completely engrossing and very difficult to put down,” and that made me feel better. :)

I’m giving it a week to rest while a few other betas have a go at it, and then it’s going to go through the fastest revision process known to me, and then I’m gonna start the year off with a bang:

ROSES IN AMBER drops on or about February 1!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 16th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
WHOOO HOOOO! A novel in two weeks? I'm in awe!
kitmizkit on January 16th, 2017 04:21 pm (UTC)
well it's a SHORT novel o.o
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 16th, 2017 08:25 pm (UTC)
Still. I'm struggling to write a novella :-)

I can't wait to see your take on Beauty and the Beast. I rarely write short stories, but actually did one on that theme (still unpubbed, alas for the world). I ended up being much darker than my usual.
Ghost Light: Squeeghost_light on January 16th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 16th, 2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
BTW, I love the title. :)
kitmizkit on January 16th, 2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 16th, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!