November 7th, 2012
Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King Is Finished!!!

I just typed the last words for Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King. It took me a week longer than I’d estimated, but the book is now done and off to my critique partners. It came in just over 66K, which should make for a nice read. I’m really happy with how this story turned out. It will require a few extra warnings in the blurb, since it has elements that none of my other books have had.

I definitely consider this book to be an erotic romance. The story has a very sexual nature, but that’s not what the book is about. There’s a lot of action/adventure like in my other stories, but these characters are darker than usual–especially my hero. Hades’s not nice in the beginning and he’s not nice in the end. Lucky for him, my heroine isn’t into ‘nice’ guys.

Tomorrow I’m going to contact the gentleman who formats for me. Hopefully he can get the book done by the end of this month sometime. That should put it right on schedule for release at the beginning of December. Also tomorrow I am going to work on the blurb. I hope to have it up by the end of the week.

For now, I think I’ve earned myself a few episodes of Dr. Who and maybe a round or two of Ratchet and Clank. 🙂

4 comments to “Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King Is Finished!!!”

  1. Do you think the standard length of novels has been dropped, Jordan? Is under 70,000 the new norm? I ask this because I’ve noted most of the books I look over on Amazon are in the 40,000 to 70,000 word range. I was wondering if the trend is toward shorter reads now.

  2. Bernard, No, I don’t. People are still buying the name authors’ single title length work (85-100k) with regularity and in volume.

    I think what you’re seeing has more to do with folks not being used to writing the 80-100K books. As you know, a lot of the people publishing Indie books do not have a writing history, so they’re not used to plotting out long novels.

    On the flip side, the ones who regularly leave 100K in the dust really need an editor to come in and weed out a chunk. There is a VERY popular writer, who sells a ton and regularly writes over 110K. I’ve read a couple of their books and I can tell you straight up that the author needed about 20K minimum cut from each book due to all the needless repetition. There was so much repetition that I ended up not reading anymore of their work.

    That said, there is a school of thought about ebooks that has been going around for the last couple of years. From what I’ve heard, a lot of authors are targeting that word count (40-70K) because of people having less time to read and to keep the price point down. Which makes sense, if you think about it. I won’t be releasing the Deadworld series at a $2.99 price point, unless it’s to promo the first book to get people hooked on the series.

  3. Okay, that makes sense. Thank you.

  4. You’re welcome. 🙂