I got home on Wednesday, and The Avatar’s Flames is up to just over 40,000 words. That’s the tipping point of becoming a novel, according to the Nebula Awards… but it’s nowhere near done. I’m going to be trying to get as much done this week as possible, because I expect next week to be unpleasant for me, and I don’t know how much work I’ll be able to get done. If you’re curious, I have a fairly major dental procedure coming up.
However, I also have some bad news to share. Yesterday I found out that Amazon has changed some of their Terms of Service, and it’s going to necessitate a change to both Ancient Dreams and Marin’s Codex. The issue is that for books that aren’t titled as a collection, compilation, omnibus, or similar, they’re no longer allowing any additional content that makes up more than 10% of the book, and Into the Eternal Woods makes up 16.5% of Marin’s Codex. In the case of Ancient Dreams, this is easy to solve, since I just need to update the cover (and will be soon). Someone suggested I move Into the Eternal Woods into the ebook version of Ancient Dreams, which is a possibility I’m considering.
I should add that I don’t think this affects audiobooks or hardcover/paperbacks, but I’m not certain. If it does, I’m going to have to change things up a bit more. I’ll admit I’m half-tempted to commission a cover for Into the Eternal Wood and simply release it as a stand-alone novella for $0.99 and be done with it, but I’m not certain that’s the best approach either. Feel free to chime in if you feel strongly (or even mildly) in a particular direction, since I’m still working out what I want to do.
I’m not happy that I have to change things to already published material, but it is what it is, and I wanted to inform everyone as soon as I knew myself.