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I’m working on the cover art for Beneath the Shadows of Evil. I like this, but am still a bit unsure about the title for the first book of the series that will be published April 1st of 2013.
Though it took me a good long while and though it was a difficult task, I have been successful in dividing Beneath the Shadows of Evil. I can send book one off to the editor, and focus on the cover image and other little details now. There will be three books. The first of which will be out in spring sometime between the middle of March and the first of May. Each book will be at least 6oo pages!. The cost for the print version of each book will be high, but the story simply didn’t lend itself to being split into 4 books.
So now there is a new dilemma. I have called the book Beneath the Shadows for so long, but now that will be the name of the series. I have to come up with a name for each book, and it must be short, because the series title will take up a lot of space on the cover even in small font. Book One is too dull of a name. I need a word or two that packs a punch for each book. Ideas anyone?
What does one do when the story they have written is a whopping 450,000 words? Many have said that books shouldn’t be over 100,000 words, especially in this day and age of the ADHD society. The paperback version will be too costly to print, and the e-book reader doesn’t want to invest the time, or so they say. So here I am left attempting to split apart a story that has a lot of small plot lines woven into the big picture and finding it a nightmare to cut it up.
If I follow the wisdom of those with experience and those in the business, I should chop it into four parts, but those parts aren’t clearly evident. Each sub plot is too intricately imbedded. Will my readers scream if too many of the small plot lines are left dangling? I am left with is cliffhangers ever where I look. The obvious break line comes way too far into the story. I cannot simply make two parts.
So here I sit, fussing and fuming and trying to cut up my baby so I can get book one to the editor on time. I am a writer, not a surgeon. I don’t want anything to do with a scalpel, but this is my decision to make. All I can say is OUCH!