I wrote a book

11 Mar

Yes, that is right.

Yesterday afternoon I basically completed the writing of a novella. It is nearly 23,000 words.

It is my first one.

I still need to tweak a few passages, and it needs some copy editing and a lot of proofreading, but, essentially, the thing is written.  I think it might be ready to send out in as little as two weeks — maybe four.

It is a nice feeling.

I think I am going to call it The Scent of New Death, though I’m not certain on that.

It is a crime novel. It is dark, creepy and violent. There is also a strong spiritual element. It might be pretty good and it might just completely suck but the great thing for me is that I did it. I wrote it and I wrote it to move fast, to be lean and easy to read and to be as empty as possible of long-winded boring stuff about the weather and food and descriptions of  foliage and furniture and people’s feelings (beyond the spare sentence or two here or there). I’m not sure if I succeeded, or even if I did if any one will like it or publish it. But fuck it, I’m still so happy that I wrote it.

I want to keep writing novels. It’s fun and it makes being alive better.


8 Responses to “I wrote a book”

  1. Ron Earl Phillips March 11, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Congrats, Mike!

  2. Dyer Wilk (@DyerWilk) March 11, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Congrats, Mike. Time for a celebratory beer.

  3. Sam March 11, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Who are you going to send this out to? I’m not aware of a lot of places publishing 23,000-word novellas, though I don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of such things. Something of that length is just right for self-publication, though.

  4. Mike Monson March 11, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Sam: I know of at least five independant publishers specializing in crime/noir who ask for books of 20,000 words or more. I can send you links to their submission pages maybe on FB or to your email.

    • Sam March 11, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      I’m honestly surprised. Not too long ago, something that length would have been considered unpublishable: too long for a magazine, too short for a printed book. But I guess with the shift to electronic delivery, everything has changed.

      Congrats, though. It’s always an accomplishment to finish something.

  5. Isaac Kirkman March 11, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Health issues and deadlines have narrowed what I can work on, but well done, Congrats man!

  6. Tim Brookover March 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Congratulations, Mike! That is an accomplishment and, I know, a goal for you. Proud of you. I like “It makes being alive better.”

    • Mike Monson March 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks Tim. If you ever want to read it I can email it to you. It’s very much a violent crime thriller and I’m not sure you like that sort of thing.

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