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Michelle West DAW books update

I have good news and bad news.

The good news first: DAW is buying three more Michelle West novels!

The bad news: the 1st of those three is actually the second plot arc of the book I've been working on for the last fifteen months.

Yes. The Michelle who cannot for love or money figure out how long it takes to tell a story has once again written herself out of the range of a single book. In June of last year, I wrote that I was tying up two plot arcs in House Name on the way to Terafin.

It took a little bit longer to tie them up than I thought it would, but not a lot. And I had said it was going to be 'one more book', so I kept on writing because surely I could fit the second plot arc in a few hundred pages.

Well. As long as we define a few hundred pages to be eight hundred or more (because I am not yet finished), the answer is, yes. But if we define a few hundred pages in a more consensual-reality way, the answer is: No.

This is, as usual, entirely my fault. This is not DAW, or DAW's fault, or something DAW insisted on. If I wanted to finish in one book, I would have had to cut several hundred pages, and my editor felt that this was not an entirely rational approach, given the pages I was suggesting I would have to cut.

And, of course, because it's me, the "shorter" of the two halves, which will be coming in March 2010 as City of Night (I have a scan of the artwork :D. I can't post it because it's not mine V.V. As soon as I have covers, or if Jody Lee does put it up on her web-site, I will send link), will be about 185-190k words.

The longer half, which is still called House Name, will be about the same length as Hidden City (which was mumble words), because in my panic about length I may have left out a couple of things that are probably necessary (which is what I do when I start to panic about length).

But the good news there is that I'm probably about two months from finishing House Name now that I can, you know, breathe again.

And if I say anything about how many books any particular arc or series will take me to write ever again, please feel free to kick me. Or mock me.

ETA: articles. Because articles are good.


May. 3rd, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay! More Books!
(of course, this is the same fan base that practically cheered when Brandon Sanderson announced that he was turning Memory of Light into three books, and some of us have been waiting twenty years for the conclusion to that series, so the evidence of our insanity is strong^^)

There was no way he was going to be able to tie everything up in one book. And given that he's handling a whole legacy, in his position I would have gone for 3 or 4 or 5 -- whatever it took to actually finish it properly. I really admire the research/reading he's done, and I really, really admire the respect he's showing both Jordan's original work and Jordan's readers.

But, ummm, I don't think Sanderson said in advance it was one book. I think Jordan might have said that -- but Jordan told us, in person when he came to sign at the bookstore, that it was Six Books. So...
May. 4th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay! More Books!
Well said. I don't remember if he actually said it was going to be one book, but I know when I talked to him in person, he was at least going to try...

But yeah, thank god he's not. Given how poorly some of the other recent legacy writings have turned out, it's really refreshing to see both his skill and his dedication towards this work.

But enough about other series; I want more House War books! And I'm really burning with curiosity about whats going to happen when we catch up with the current timeline =)