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Cast in Silence Cover, attempt one

I have been so absent lately I can almost hear crickets, and I've been dusting cobwebs off my hands and feet while I try to make a bit of space in the Michelle-clutter.

I finally have a scan of the actual cover flat for Cast in Silence which is an August 2009 release. I really like it.

It's in theory behind the cut:

Cast in Silence coverCollapse )

The book is finished.

Sadly, House Name is not finished. A small author-is-not-very-clever misunderstanding about the conversion of MS Word wordcounts to page run-off counts means that the book I thought was a bit on the long side, while unfinished, was, ummm, very very very much on the long side. I haven't taken much of a break from writing; I just haven't reached the magical "the end" words. This reminds me a bit of writing the planned two volumes which comprised The Sun Sword. Which, of course, is six volumes.

So... I'm still working on that. I have also started the tentatively titled Cast in Chaos, which is the first of the three new Cast novels I just sold Luna. It is the book I affectionately refer to as the Refugee Book. This won't hopefully be as dark--to me--as Silence.

*edited because a good friend pointed out that 'mat' and 'matte' are not the same word.

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alassan
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
The more House books the merrier! I look forward to the next one. And the cover for Cast in Silence looks great.
hhertzof
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Lovely cover.

The end of the other book will come when it comes and not before that.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Outstanding.
Seriously ... three most cast books. Could a Friday morning be better rescued in any other way I ask myself!

Fantastic news - congrats and thanks.
Iain.
twiegand
Mar. 27th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Love the cover. As for House Name, let the story tell itself and don't worry about the length (until the editor screams). As you know, I'd read anything of yours as soon as I can get it. Be well and give my best to the family.
gerriwritinglog
Mar. 27th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Woot! More Cast books! Woot! More House books! Woot! More Michelle books!

WOOT!
barbarienne
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely cover! A portrait, rather than a piece of a person.

Never follow MS Word wordcounts. They count literal words, but that doesn't map onto book length. Two authors may have the same wordcount, but if one uses a lot of dialogue and the other uses mostly long paragraphs, the dialogue-y book will be longer in print.

One of the reasons for SMF (12pt courier, 1 inch margins all around) is that it's much easier to get a useful estimate of book length. A page in SMF counts as 250 words, regardless of whether it's a string of one-word dialogue exchanges or a solid wall of descriptive text.

If you're one of those people who hates courier, 12pt Times with 1" margins all around counts as 350 words.

(Bona fides: I'm a former text design manager, now a production manager.)
msagara
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)

One of the reasons for SMF (12pt courier, 1 inch margins all around) is that it's much easier to get a useful estimate of book length. A page in SMF counts as 250 words, regardless of whether it's a string of one-word dialogue exchanges or a solid wall of descriptive text.


Until the last two novels -- House Name and Cast in Silence , I wrote in word, in page view, in 12pt Courier, with 24pt line spacing. I wrote by page count, rather than word count, so this would be the first time I've had this problem; I didn't actually pay attention to MS Word's wordcount because, well, it wasn't relevant.

But I migrated to a program called Scrivner, for the Mac, for the last two books. There is no page view in Scrivner; it's one continuous block of text. So, in as much as I follow daily metrics, I had to use the wordcount there--which is, essentially, the MS Word style of wordcount.

And because I've never used it before, I thought for some reason that there would be fewer pages, when exporting to standard manuscript format. This was, as you've pointed out, Completely Wrong.

But Scrivner has a lot of organization features I really like, so with the next books I write, I'll know to start the "OMG this is going to be way too long" ulcers much earlier...
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falcongirl
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
I will not cry if the House series extends to six books :) I love that world. Thank you for creating it.
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msagara
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
:X I really hope we get to see the dragon emperor soon. IF WE DON'T, WE DON'T, but that would be spectacular. I love so much about this series.

Not in Silence, or in Chaos; the one thing I had to cut for length reasons was the Etiquette lessons sub-plot in Silence, and without the Etiquette lessons, there's no Dragon Court. But those should be part of Cast in Chaos, which I'm working on now.

I do fully intend to write a Dragon Court book, though.
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lnhammer
Mar. 27th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Nice cover. And nice news that there will be more.

---L.
greenmother
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
On frabjous day! Calloo-callay!

Love the cover for Cast in Silence! Love the news about three more Cast books! Love that there will (absent a serious falling-out with your publisher) more House books!

(And I like exclamation points too!)
drey [blogspot.com]
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yay! *happy dance* Can't wait for Cast in Silence! & more Cast books? *drool*

*skipping off to do more happy dances*
vsherbie
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Nice strong cover. Really conveys Kaylin's attitude!

As for the word count thing... I believe you said in the intro to one of the Sun Sword books that you "have a little problem with length."

So books set in Avaralan running long is a surprise to, well, nobody.

Glad to see you're still writing and glad to see that the cast books have brought you a bunch of new fans!
msagara
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I believe you said in the intro to one of the Sun Sword books that you "have a little problem with length."

Yes, but I keep telling myself that this time things will be different. I always think that things will be short when I start. Yes, a logical, practical person would realize that "thinking" in this case is not perhaps the right word, given past evidence.

And, of course, there's the usual absolute terror that people will think that it's a total waste of extra words, and that the book really should have been, well, much shorter.

But I did remind myself, when I was getting more than the usual ulcer over this one, that this is, in fact, what happened with Sun Sword.
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jonquil
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I am delighted to hear about the new Cast book; they're my comfort reading. In fact, I tend to skim the first time around because I HAVE TO FIND OUT, then I do a slow reread later; even so, it can be on the third or fourth reading that I pick up interesting bits.
motteditor
Mar. 27th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Add me to those who are happy to have a longer story. I go through books way too quickly, so six books of good length in the House series would make me happy.
sphericaltime
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! More House Name books! I am so very much looking forward to those! Granted, I'm looking forward to the post-Sun Sword books the most, but for prequels The Hidden City was amazing.

As a True Fan, I eagerly await more chances to splurge on your books.
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