While editing SBW2, I removed almost 10,000 words that seemed to slow things down. It was near the end of the story and was out of place. The surprising thing was that I easily replaced those 10,000 words with about 8,000. The missing 10,000 words will be published as a short story (The Sol-Bect Setup) in our first Terran Shift Anthology coming this year.
As I was writing the first draft, the main character’s name was John Bowyer. When I reached the point in the story where I introduced the current character of John Bowyer, I named him Peter McCabe. As soon as I typed the name I realized that I liked it a LOT more than John Bowyer and switched the two.
At some point during editing I decided to split the story because it was so huge. I ended up renaming them to something like, “The Sol-Bect War: Beginnings” & “The Sol-Bect War: Homes”. Later on I felt that it was really just one big story and put it all back together again. Then when Jamie and I decided to enter the indie publishing realm I split the story again. This time the split was to keep the cost of the paperback version more realistic.
The Sol-Bect War story (parts 1 & 2) was originally written as one gigantic beast in 2004. It was a fantasy I built over the previous six months while tossing and turning as I tried to fall asleep at night. The first draft took seven weeks to write and weighed in at about 160,000 words.
On schedule for a Feb 1 release. We assigned the ISBNs and uploaded the files so we can get a proof copy from Amazon CreateSpace. It will be released in paperback and eBook/Kindle.