I realized something freeing today. Writing is passion put into words. Passion has a time, place, and limit only determined by the bearer of that passion. There is a rule in traditional publishing about the length of novels. The sweet spot is between 80,000 and 90,000 words. Most wouldn’t consider a book complete until it reaches the 80,000 mark. Why? Well, I am sure it has to do with mass printing costs and return on investments. When one is writing, this is always the thought in the back of one’s mind. How can I make my book stand out to an agent without making it too long or too short.
I have long been a fan of the short story. This is a fast and easy way to catch a reader’s attention, hold it for a short time, and reap the benefits of an outpouring of their emotion. Because every writer wants to make the reader feel something. In the words of Edgar Allen Poe, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” That is not to say that all words must be horrific and rending. Instead, it means that words must be true and emotional.
The epiphany I came to was that no matter what I write, the length does not matter, so long as I have impressed upon the mind of the reader the importance, joy, horror, or pain of the words I’ve written. Whether it is a 120,000-word monstrosity, or a 10,000-word short story, I want to ensure that my readers are compelled to share and let another experience my work.
Another stigma of the writing world is that once you have established yourself as an author in a specific genre, you cannot move into another genre without a pen name. The reason for this is sound, if one-sided. The reason is that readers of Science Fiction, generally do not read Urban Fantasy. Readers of Supernatural Thrillers do not read Fantasy. While this may be true, I do not think it means a writer cannot branch out into other genres, especially if said genres are intriguing and compelling to them. I will admit that I am an eclectic reader, I read Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and the occasional Supernatural Romance. I have also been known to reader Spy Thrillers and Horror.
I know I am an odd duck as it were. However, I refuse to believe that everyone is so dead-set in their ways that they will not read other types of novels. I may be wrong and I am sure that my works may suffer for it eventually. That being said, I have decided that I am not going to place my latest project under a pen name. I recognize that there may be some risk in this, but I feel that this story I am working on, deserves my name. So without further ado, I present to you a brief description of my latest work.
Monster Hunter: Faeriepocalypse
Hello, my name is Silas Stetson Vance. This story is primarily about me. Yeah, I am talking to you. Please, you really should pick up this book and take a gander, heck, take a good long look, because this is the future. Faeries have invaded Earth. Yes, I said Faeries. These aren’t your Tinker … whatever kids’ movie type Faeries. These are things that Bram Stoker would be scared to encounter. They are giants, they’re rabbits with shaaaarp teeth, they’re devils in disguise. It’s a good thing I’m here though, because I’m a Monster Hunter. I kill Faeries, but something strange is coming to a head and I’m at the center of it. I wrote it all down, just in case. You know, just in case I don’t make it out alive.
Well, there you have it, folks. I am branching out into an Urban Fantasy setting, for this novel. I’m not sure how well it will be received, or if it is going to be amazing. However, I will tell you this, it is a hell of a lot of fun to write. Until next time folks.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,