If you've been following me, you'll know I made the recent decision to divvy up my 200k+ story into two books.
Yeah, I is fully scrapping that idea ... er, what?
Hold on now. Let me explain ... No, that'll take far too long ... let me sum up.
Part of the reason I wanted the story to be in one book is because I didn't think it could bear being more than that. As it got bigger, I saw a spot where it could be cracked into two where a particular journey starts. Bonus: it happened to be near the middle of the story. The word count's aren't final, they'll never be final until it's published (what can I say? I love to tinker), but it'd be a rough 99k/107k depending on where my last round of editing leaves me.
Well done, subconscious, you made it so I could easily divide this bad boy into two.
Or did you?
But I had to put the idea to one side because ... well ... while the character in question is there for a large portion of the story, he's not the focus in the second half. In fact, while I was going through my chapters, I discovered something wonderful: he practically owns the middle of the story. O_O
Cut The Rogue King down to where The Shadow Prince's story begins and, right now, I've got a 57k first book (with a definite 'there is more' vibe. But y'all know that's gonna happen anyway). Carry on The Shadow Prince to a nice conclusion and it hits a rough 54k mark (again that depends on the editing).
It's official! I've enough for three books!
Or do I?
The whole problem I had with the single book was that it'd became too big for me to do anything with it. Agents and publishers wouldn't take it based on its size and me being a debut author. Whereas going the self-publishing route and getting the thing edited would've costed me thousands (that's doing it cheaply). In fact, most editors tend to stop their pricing at the 150k mark.
So having the first two in 57k and 54k chunks will make it much easier to manage on the editing front. That means The Shadow Prince is definitely here to stay as a sequel to The Rogue King.
But those two only account for the first half of the whole story. With the figures I have, the last book would end up being around the 90k mark. Unless ... unless I split that into two as well. Then I'd end up with two books just under 50k. Decisions. Decisions ...
Four books wouldn't be too bad though, right? Or have I finally gone completely insane?