Some of you asked if Sweep of the Blade could be made into a novel instead of novella. I just checked and it’s currently at 100 pages and 27,860 words. Typical novellas run around 25-30K, and then we are getting into short novel territory around 40K. The answer to this is, it will be however long it needs to be to tell the story. It’s turning out a bit longer than we planned. We aimed to wrap it up in 25K, but since it will be self-published,we are not really constrained by length. If we cross 50K line, the book will be sold at $4.99 instead of lower price point of $2.99 we would usually charge for a novella, but you’ll just have to live with that. 🙂
For us, it will have to be a little more complicated, since crossing 40K will mean we’ll have to commission more art.
How long does it take you to write an Innkeeper installment?
The Innkeeper installments are typically written on Friday morning. Sometimes Thursday evening if we are not too tired. They range in length from 1,200 – 2,000 words and usually take 3-4 hours to complete. That said, writing isn’t something that you can count on reliably. There are days when it just doesn’t work, and we push it back. For example, there was the time when there was a link to a pirate site posted on the blog – the offender apologized and is unbanned, btw – and I said that the Innkeeper installment might be in doubt. Some people freaked out that it would be cancelled. That’s not what I meant. I was pretty heated and it was difficult at that moment to put all that aside and write a sweet scene where Maud and Arland had a date.
We are not machines. We have emotions and they do get in the way of productivity. Some days we write 500 words, some days we write 3,000, but mostly it’s around 1,500.
Why don’t you quit doing other things and just do Innkeeper?
Money and boredom. Gordon and I get bored easily. We like to alternate projects. Also, Innkeeper is widely read. Roughly 12,000 people view each chapter. It sells quite well, but it hasn’t reached Kate levels yet. First, KD is an older series; second, a lot of our sales come from Romance side of the genre and Innkeeper has been lighter on romance with less angst; and third, Innkeeper is a SF at its core. Aliens are a harder sell than werewolves. 🙂 A lot of people who would actually like Innkeeper, if they gave it a shot, read the description and walk away from it because it has Science Fiction elements.
That said, the audience for Innkeeper is growing. Google is projecting the site to 7,000,000 sessions this year, which is not bad.
Have you thought about doing a comic?
Yes. But as I explained before, it requires cooperation with a comic studio and so far that hasn’t happened.
Why isn’t anyone in House Krahr aware of Maud’s battle on Karhari? Hasn’t Arland recorded it?
Arland was recording himself in order to avoid a potential diplomatic incident. The camera was primarily focused on him.
Do Dina and Maud have a different father?
Yes, they are halfsisters. But Gerard is the only father they both really know and remember.
Why isn’t Arland’s mother more welcoming to Maud?
::sigh:: Those of you who are mothers: your child is away from home, ignoring your phone calls and their responsibilities; then he or she brings home a divorced unemployed immigrant with a child and says they would like to get married and acts as if this stranger walks on water. Tell me you are not going to pull them aside at some point and try to warn them that they might be taken advantage of. 🙂
It’s fiction, but mothers are still mothers.
In conclusion, please stop worrying about how long it will be etc. This is for fun. Have fun with it.
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