Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for March 18th, 2011

Two weeks with another novel

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As of today, I’ve been working on my second novel for two weeks, which seems as good a time as any to take stock of where things stand. So far, I’ve written draft versions of nine chapters, plus the prologue, amounting altogether to around 25,000 words. Since I’m clocking along at the rate of a chapter a day, these aren’t great drafts. But they aren’t bad. And I’m relieved to see that the average length of each chapter is pretty close to what I anticipate it will be in the end, which means that I won’t end up cutting the manuscript in half (as I did with my first novel).

Things are moving forward in other ways, too. As I mentioned last week, my short story “Warning Sign” has been picked up for inclusion in a paperback anthology. I’m pleased by this, since I’ve had this story in my back pocket for a while, and it looks like this collection will be a nice fit. As far as Kamera goes, there have been a couple of interesting developments. First, the cover art meeting was held last week at NAL. I wasn’t there personally, but I did send some comparable covers to my editor, as well as my thoughts on possible cover designs. Obviously, though, I’m glad to leave this up to the design team, and I’m looking forward to sharing what they have to say.

The biggest development, though, is the likelihood that the title of the novel may change. I’m actually okay with this—I’m well aware that Kamera isn’t the easiest title in the world to market—but we’re still some ways away from having a workable alternative. I’ve already begun to brainstorm possibilities with my agent and editor, and I’m hoping to have a new title locked down fairly soon. Once we’ve all agreed on something, I’ll be talking about the process in more detail. (In the meantime, I can’t resist posting this video again. The Duchamp Imbroglio, anyone?)

Anyway, that’s all the news for now. Hopefully I’ll have a draft of Part I done by early April, at which point I’ll give you another update. Now back to work…

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March 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

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March 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

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