So here’s a thing.
My novella, ‘Carus and Mitch’, will be published by Omnium Gatherum Books in February next year. You can read the announcement on the OG site here.
As you can imagine, I’m feeling pretty pleased about it! Omnium Gatherum seems a great home for the story – I discovered the company due to previous titles being nominated for the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards. I haven’t read any of the other OG authors’ work yet, but you can be sure that I will.
I’m really looking forward to the sequence of editing, proofreading, cover design, and all the other aspects of getting a book to publication. Kate Jonez, who runs Omnium Gatherum, has been wonderful in our email chats so far – I think working with her is going to be fun. I’m also very grateful for her decision to take a punt on a story that’s tricky to classify and, at 17k words, isn’t exactly lengthy… Here’s hoping that readers feel the same, come February!
More ‘Carus and Mitch’ news to follow in due course, no doubt.
An email this morning informs me that my novelette, Carus & Mitch, has received an Honorable Mention from the judges of the Writers of the Future contest (Q1 2014). It’s a decent result for my first entry to the prestigious SF/F writing contest, and hopefully a sign that I’m on the right track…
However, it’s difficult to know what to do with Carus & Mitch itself, now. Where do 17,000-word novelettes belong, these days?
Short stories written in 2013
- The Walls of Tithonium Chasma (2400 words) – SF, Mars
- The Sleeper (1600 words) – SF, Mars
- The House-sitter (7200 words) – SF, time travel
- Tunnel Vision (2000 words) – general
- To Ashes, Dust (2500 words) – SF, Mars
- The Man Screaming His Scream (1200 words) – SF
- First Cashpoint on Mars (1000 words) – SF, Mars
Flash fiction written in 2013
- The Puzzle Box (250 words) – horror, entry for Apex flash fiction competition
- A Christmas Tradition (250 words) – horror, entry for Apex flash fiction competition
Longer fiction written in 2013
- Mercy (73,000 words) – YA novel, finished & edited
- Carus & Mitch (16,500 words) – horror novelette, finished & edited
- Untitled time travel novel (25,000 words and counting) – in progress
Short stories published in 2013
By my reckoning, that’s about 138,000 words written this year (including deleted words, excluding planning and editing). Not bad going, whilst working full time and taking two months off after the birth of my son…
Combined with stories and novels from the previous two years, I’ve written about 320,000 words of fiction in total. I read somewhere that writers only find their voice, or write anything worth a damn, after completing their first million words.
That feels about right.