It takes longer to write a novel than I thought. And you’d think I’d know better, having been through it once with Wearing the Cape. However, Hope fans will be happy to know that tonight both Villains Inc., Episode Four: Endgame and Wearing the Cape: Villains Inc. have been posted to Amazon.com. Approval and publishing takes a little while, but they should both be available sometime tomorrow. And what a race it’s been.
So, what can I say about the last run-up to my second released novel? I’d like to say I felt like this:But…much of the time it felt like this:
Someone said–and I paraphrase–“Writing is easy; you just sit down in front of your computer and think until you sweat blood.” So, why did I do it?
First, and this astounds me, the money is good. I’ve written for pleasure for years, never finishing anything although I always promised myself I would; I’d finish it to my satisfaction in my head, but never push through the painful process of getting it all down on the page. That was too much work and I was always too busy. Then I became a casualty of our wonderful new economy, and with lots more time and much less income, I found myself without excuses and a real reason to write: for the money.
Second, and this was also a discovery, for the sheer, incredible, freaking joy of Finishing A Story! How does it feel to finish a final draft and actually publish? Oh, I imagine something like this…
If some days it feels like climbing a mountain, well, there’s a peak up there somewhere and the view is amazing.
And each mountain is getting easier; Wearing the Cape took over a year, while Villains Inc. took about eight months. My goal next year is to finish two more books–first Bite Me!: Big Easy Nights, for the amazing number of Artemis fans out there, then a completely different story, Worst Contact, a piece of sci-fi humor that has been sitting in my head for years. Then it’s back to the Wearing the Cape series for a third Astra story, and after that we’ll see. So many ideas, so many mountains.
Which really brings me to my third reason: like a gratifying number of readers, I really want to see what happens next.
So HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody. For all of you who have patiently waited the completion of Villains Inc., thank you and I hope you find the ending worth the wait (Amazon reviews gladly accepted). I promise to have Bite Me out as soon as I can get it onto the page and polished to standard (I’m shooting for April, but can’t promise anything yet). It has been an amazing year, and I owe many, many people a deep debt of gratitude for making it such a successful one.
Marion G. Harmon
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Congratulations on finishing the novel before the end of the year! A nice suprise for the last day of the year. Looking forward to finishing the story.
Thank you, and its already doing well. On its first full day of availability, VI4 sold 65 copies; a record for my books. I’m sure that will drop quickly, but its a gratifying proof of how many have been enjoying the story and waiting for the final chapters.
so is Bite ME already in the works, or are you taking a bit of a break after the race to finish?
The first few chapters are already done (so far as a first draft is done); I had to know what was going to happen to Artemis between WtC and VI. If you want a sneak peek at it go here: http://www.youwriteon.com/books/bookdetail.aspx?bookguid=7c1217b4-388e-4744-9dcf-d87ff5a3b330. So far I have posted the first chapters of all my stuff here to get an initial round of feedback. Ironically, the one most positively received is Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea, the one I have least developed.
I’m confused about how it works, is “Wearing the Cape: Villains Inc.” The entire book? Or does it have to be purchased in sections?
Villains Inc was originally released in episodes, but WtC: VI contains the full story. Enjoy.