Well, it’s official. Over the last half-week or so, with invaluable assistance from friends, Volume Three of the Norothian Cycle is now available at the usual sites for e-books, meaning Tilda’s tale is a trilogy.
But not just a trilogy, a 450,000 word oeuvre, which seems kinda excessive even to me. When I realized that together the three volumes are together pushing a half-million words, it was almost like a moment of clarity. But then it passed, and I realized once again how glad I am to be living and working in Indie World.
Let’s face it, the first thing anybody “in the industry” would do with a book like The Sable City (Book I), which weighs in at a brisk 180K, is start hacking stuff out of it. There’s a lot of characters, do we need them all? There’s historical background, readers won’t like that. This is supposed to be a fantasy book and parts touch on economics, culture, and technological development. Could we lose that in exchange for another sword fight?
Look, I am not saying those are not all fair points, and any of the above is certainly a viable way to make the book and the series more accessible to a greater number of people by simply targeting it more specifically to that Holy Grail of marketing: The Least Common Denominator.
Yeah, this where might start coming off as an Elitist Snob, but honestly, I’m not making a qualitative judgment here. I love a good, fun, light read every now and again, too. They are great. But that doesn’t mean that should be all there is.
So, Indie World. Indie writers writing what they want to write, listening to the opinions of those they like and respect, but not being told what to do. Sure, such a policy will tend to generate a lot of unreadable, self-indulgent crap. But it seems to me the Publishing Industry is not exactly immune to that either.
At this point, I have written three, loooong books, I had fun doing it, and they are the kind of books I like: Character-driven, but hopefully with something a bit more than that underpinning the stories. Depth that can be enjoyed if it’s your sort of thing, or which you can just skim until the next samurai or succubus shows up. But it’s there, and it’s up to readers to read it or not, and enjoy it or not. Thus far I’ve had reviewers say they thought there was too much background, while others said they really liked the background, and I have been gratified to find that it really didn’t make that much difference as to whether they liked the books, overall. All that stuff is just one element of the stories, which I firmly believe would not be there at all had I gone about this publishing thing in the “traditional” way.
Indie World, y’all. Not just Indie authors, but even better: Indie Readers. How cool is that, for everybody? 🙂
Thanks always for reading,
The Norothian Cycle
Book I – The Sable City
Book II – Death of a Kingdom
Book III – The Wind from Miilark (NEW)