If you read my last post (which-let’s face it-no one has) I’m writing a long ass Reverse Harem story. At first it was going to be one book, but the more I wrote the more I realized there was more to tell. 100 000 words in and the writing was still flowing, the story was growing, and the characters wouldn’t stop yakking my ear off!
One thing I quickly noticed about RH when I started writing it was that there are so many main characters with their own voice, their own desires, flaws, and needs, that to fully flesh them out you often need more pages than the industry standard demands, especially for books that aren’t part of a longer series. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read plenty 50k words books that I’ve absolutely ADORED, but as a voracious reader I love long books. Love, love, LOVE them. But the reason I love them isn’t only because it means I get more story. No, it’s because longer books have more time to delve into crucial character development and the growth of the relationships. And when I’m reading RH, that’s what I’m looking for; fleshed out, compelling characters with nuanced personalities that you can easily tell apart when they appear in the book.
So that’s what I have tried to do. The characters have truly come alive for me-hopefully they will for my readers as well-and one of the things they have demanded is that their story must be told in full. For me, that means one book isn’t enough. So instead I will be publishing three books (or a trilogy if I’m being fancy) that will contain the complete series. Based on my current, unfinished draft (currently 400 000 words in) each book will be around 130 000 words, which is around 500 pages (I think?)
So there you have it, my non-existent blog readers, my trilogy is almost finished its first draft. Once done, I have some rewriting of book 1 to be done, then it’s off to edits and then I’ll publish it while editing book 2 and book 3. I’m aiming for no more than 30 days between releases, faster if possible!