new Penric impending

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.
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message 1: by Shane (new)

Shane Castle My congratulations! I look forward to reading this Fall.


message 2: by Dawn (new)

Dawn I first read that as drinking. :)

Yay! I'm catching up with your books now. I am on Warrior's Apprentice on my Kindle and I love how Miles develops.

So I'll get to Penric someday....


message 3: by Amazonaute (new)

Amazonaute Delightful news. Looking forward to it.


message 4: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Dawn wrote: "I first read that as drinking. :)

Yay! I'm catching up with your books now. I am on Warrior's Apprentice on my Kindle and I love how Miles develops.

So I'll get to Penric someday...."


Yeah, I'm afraid drinking would be counterproductive, alas. Despite all those fables about writers.

Penric will wait for you. You have Miles to go...

Ta, L.


message 5: by Jerri (new)

Jerri Great news! I will watch for it eagerly, and buy/read ASAP. Much as I someday want to know what happened after Mira's Last Dance, I am also anxious to learn some of what happened in the years between Penric and the Shaman and Penric's Mission.

Penric's Fox - I am curious. I can't imagine Penric and Desdemona getting a spirit animal and becoming a Shaman also, but will be wondering for some time. Will have to re-read and/or re-listen to Penric and the Shaman (and perhaps Penric's Demon also?) by early in August to be ready.


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Morgan My new favourite thing is logging in to Goodreads and seeing 'new Penric'! I'm glad these short-burst novellas are keeping the writer's itch at bay, if not the planned retirement.


message 7: by Howard (new)

Howard Brazee How long does it typically take for you to get a Penric novella out? With an established audience, you have options most authors don't have. Do you still look to magazine publication (which may limit when you can release the e-book or printed book)?


message 8: by Terry (new)

Terry O'Carroll I look forward to reading this. Love the World of Five Gods stories. Please let us know when it is available for pre-order, thanks.


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Wendell Delighted to hear this!


message 10: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Selby *Kermit arms*

Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!


message 11: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Howard wrote: "How long does it typically take for you to get a Penric novella out? With an established audience, you have options most authors don't have. Do you still look to magazine publication (which may lim..."

One major point of the direct e-pub is to free myself from assorted publishing constraints, not to mention time frames. If I had submitted it to one of the old print magazines (which don't have much room for novellas anyway) it could be up to a year before it saw the light of day, and other rights could be tied up for as long as a year after that. Also, indie e-pub has a way wider distribution than print mags.

The creation of on-line magazines evades some of those constraints, but I am not well-versed in this growing market. Newer writers could perhaps speak more pertinently about those venues.

For getting one of my indie novellas up for sale, anywhere from two to six weeks, depending on editing and cover concerns, seems about average.

Terry @ 8, I don't bother with pre-order set-ups for these short works. It goes up when it's done, and people can buy it immediately and forever after. That sort of manipulation is for chasing best-seller lists and sales rankings, which I am too (re)tired to need to do, though I grant it is a highly seductive pastime. I quite enjoy the pop while it's going on, but that's not the long game.

(I will likely have a post before pub with a cover sneak peek, though, because those are fun.)

Ta, L.


message 12: by Beth (new)

Beth Yay! And it's good timing, as somehow my son managed to completely miss your entire Five Gods works, and he should plow through them all by early August.

He's young, that's his excuse.


message 13: by Emily (new)

Emily Oh Joy! What a lovely way to end the day. July is continuing to be the month of new books (or new book announcements). So far seven of my favorite authors have or will publish books or shorts in July. Now I can add one for August! Looking forward to it as always.


message 14: by Tricia (new)

Tricia I am curious to know what went on in those ten years between The Shaman and Mira. Although, I'm also on the edge of my seat after Mira's Last Dance!


message 15: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Tricia wrote: "I am curious to know what went on in those ten years between The Shaman and Mira. Although, I'm also on the edge of my seat after Mira's Last Dance!"

I'd like more after Mira, too, but this seemed to want to come first.

Experience shows that later works have a way of closing off both the possibilities and the juice for earlier ones, plus I wanted to get this down before I got too far away from the internal mindscape of the younger Penric.

It will all work out in the end...

Ta, L.


message 16: by Tricia (new)

Tricia I'm sure it will! I have total faith in you.


message 17: by Randall (new)

Randall Jerri wrote: "Great news! I will watch for it eagerly, and buy/read ASAP. Much as I someday want to know what happened after Mira's Last Dance, I am also anxious to learn some of what happened in the years betwe..."

By the time of Penric's Mission, he has worked out how to do some sort of shaman like magic which costs blood... Maybe Penric's Fox includes the source of that?


message 18: by Kosigan (new)

Kosigan To borrow a phrase, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


message 19: by Silas (new)

Silas So pleased to hear this! News of upcoming books by my favourite author is always welcome.


message 20: by Jill (new)

Jill Vassilakos-long I don't suppose you need any beta readers? (or gamma or delta or...)


message 21: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Any chance of there being a paper book collection of all or some Penric stories? I have various Miles omnibuses, would love to have a Penric omnibus available too, particularly since my friend only reads good old fashioned paper books


message 22: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Jill wrote: "I don't suppose you need any beta readers? (or gamma or delta or...)"

Am well-supplied with them, thanks. (Nice try, though... :-)

Ta, L.


message 23: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Rachel wrote: "Any chance of there being a paper book collection of all or some Penric stories? I have various Miles omnibuses, would love to have a Penric omnibus available too, particularly since my friend only..."

As for any domestic paper publication, that's a business matter about which it is far too early to speculate. (Apart from the lovely ala carte Subterranean Press chapbooks, that is.) I do think there would need to have accumulated at least two volumes worth of prose beforehand. (Sales for foreign translation are a separate game.)

One of the aims of this indie-novella e-experiment is to retire, so to speak, a lot of the stresses that go with paper publishing, among them most certainly making any contractual promises to anyone before the text is written, at my pace, my way, without deadlines, and with the free option always there to abandon whatever the thing might be, at my will or whim. You really can't do that if other people have bet their money on you.

Ta, L.


message 24: by Diana (new)

Diana Well, your experiment is working well for me, for one. I love getting these novellas, and it makes me happy when my authors are happy with their working conditions! I'm delighted by the turnaround time between text-is-written and text-is-published, too!


message 25: by Margaret (new)

Margaret One more delighted reader. Thank you again, Lois, for the countless hours of pleasure your books have given, are giving me.


message 26: by Jane (new)

Jane Bigelow What wonderful news! I await it eagerly.


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