Being an analytical sort of guy, I decided to see exactly where I stood should I decide to publish my novel as a series instead of one volume. The results didn’t really surprise me, because of the way I developed the story. As you can see, Books 4, 5, and 6, based on the word count, already qualify as novels. That’s because I started out by writing the core of the novel, and then fleshed out the events leading to and resulting from the action. That fleshing out process also included reformatting and rearranging to enhance the flow of the action. I think that by publishing the books as a series, in the course of preparing the manuscripts for publication, I’ll be able to bring each of the shorter volumes into their own. The shortfall in the word count will give me the latitude to expand the shorter storylines without feeling crushed under the weight of a single volume.
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Note: According to the Hugo Awards criteria: a novel is >40,000 words, a novella is 17,500 to 40,000 words, and a novelette is 7,500 to 17,500 words.
Only 123,400 words away from eleven novels.
As you can see, Book 1 is almost at the magical 40,000 word mark where it will change from a Novella to a Novel, so I would expect that within a couple of weeks you can expect to see it out on Amazon and Smashwords. There now that I’ve made the decision I expect you to hold me to it.