And so The House of the Gods is finally on its way to the publisher, a 47.000 words manuscript full of dinosaurs, adventure and cliffhangers.
Including a real cliffhanger, because I am worth it.
I normally send to my publishers multiple versions of the file – odt, rtf, docx and PDF.
This way I’m pretty sure at least one will read no matter what system they are using.
And as always, hitting the send button causes a long shiver of fear.
Is the story good enough?
Did I leave in some embarrassing typo or some ugly grammar blunder?
Did some chunk of text get scrambled, or vanished, or slipped thirty pages on?
But then the mail goes off, and it’s over for a while.
And as the manuscript goes out, a mail comes in from a publisher I submitted a novelette too.
It would be great were it twice as long, they say.
Well, I’ll make it twice as long – heaven knows how much I cut to stay in the novelette wordcount.
But first, I have two other novellas to write.
Today I’m on vacation, reading Curse of the Pharaohs, but tomorrow we are on the run again.