I debated for a while now whether or not this was something I wanted to bring up here on my blog, but I see no reason to keep it a secret so here it goes…
A few months ago my friend had told me about how she was going to be sending her book off to a publisher, I was terribly excited for her. She had mentioned the publishers name and even suggested I check them out but I had my mind pretty firmly set on self publishing, and as is often the case when I get my mind set on something nothing is going to change my mind. Recently she was telling me how her first two chapters that she’d sent was accepted and now they were requesting the whole manuscript and once more it was suggested that I check them out, with two books under my belt in the self publishing world I decided that it couldn’t hurt and looked them up and they’re actually a pretty huge organization, attached to Penguin Publishing. And it suddenly occurred to me that this could be a big opportunity that I was letting slip through my fingers by not at the very least sending them what I had. I quickly checked out their submission guidelines (no agent required which is exciting) but then I saw it, manuscripts are generally between 80-120k words in length. Shit. Bridge of Memories in it’s current state is only 53k.
I wanted to send out to them but I was suddenly faced with a conundrum. Rewrite Bridge of Memories and be stuck back at the beginning of a trilogy I was almost finished with, or drop Bridge of Memories all together and simply start with book two, the stronger of the two and already at 80k. The problem of course being if I dropped book 1 I’d no longer have a trilogy, and after a great deal of inner debate I decided that it would be much better (though not quite simpler) if I instead re-wrote Bridge of Memories (maybe including bits from the original but definitely adding in important details as necessary) to the 80k minimum. I’ve decided that a lot of the backstory that has been added into book 3 is now going to comprise a great deal of book 1 instead thus meaning that book 3 (when I’m finally able to get back there is going to need a bit of work).
For the record the irony is not at all lost on me, I had promised myself I wouldn’t be re-writing it because I desperately wanted it to all just be done, but here we are. Back to square one… or book one rather. I’m hopeful that this will in fact end up getting me somewhere, but at the very least I’ll have a better first book to show for all of it in the end. I’ve got quite a bit of work left to do, it’s only been a few days since I started and I’ve managed to get the better part of two chapters down, so that’s something, but I definitely want to be doing more. It’s going to be an interesting few months, but needless to say this puts Edge of Darkness on hold for a while. Which isn’t the worst thing given the headache it’s caused me thus far.