To Trilogy or Not to Trilogy

I’m final­ly at the point to make plans and deci­sions about my next big thing: Rjg.

Pro­nounced /ɹɨːjɡ̈/.

I’m cur­rent­ly play­ing with the out­line for this epic and a cer­tain pat­tern emerges. Again.
The pat­tern has a name: a tril­o­gy. A three-part struc­ture, cen­ter­ing on the life of a cer­tain man, a pow­er­ful his­tor­i­cal fig­ure in my alien uni­verse.

My goal is to write 255 000 words (Falaha’s series was ~206 000 words long). The two fol­low­ing years seem like a plau­si­ble time frame to get the job done, so I’ll prob­a­bly be ready by late autumn 2017. (Small­er works shall be pro­duced mid­way as well, if some­thing wor­thy strikes my imag­i­na­tion.)

I had been start­ing this nov­el once before. I end­ed up writ­ing a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent series, of course. But I dis­cov­ered one impor­tant thing dur­ing that slip of the hand: my real pro­tag­o­nist for this giant book.

Now, one of my con­cerns is whether I should release the sto­ry as a tril­o­gy or as one com­plete book. (Hon­est­ly, that’s a behe­moth-sized book!) I’m aim­ing to have ful­ly resolved small­er arcs in these three parts, with one big res­o­lu­tion at the end. And hav­ing a series is cer­tain­ly a viable com­mer­cial mod­el — not in releas­ing them one by one, but in sell­ing three books instead of one. The win is in the quan­ti­ty of sales, while offer­ing appeal­ing prices.

I’m in favor of the huge one so far. Few­er cov­ers to design, few­er files to keep track of. But I’m not sure it will appeal to read­ers at such size. Time is pre­cious, some pre­fer small­er install­ments. Espe­cial­ly if they are full-nov­el sized (85k per chunk.) And lat­er just pack them as boxed set, job done.

If I’d go for three books, the out­put would be this:

Blood Threads (Rjg #1)
Adven­tur­ous Tide (Rjg #2)
God­slay­er (Rjg #3)

Cer­tain­ly an issue to think about.

The oth­er thing that is going to hap­pen — a com­plete change of ini­tial plot. I have exten­sive notes from my ear­li­er attempt and I fig­ured that I shall be remod­el­ing the whole thing anew (cer­tain­ly bet­ter that ful­ly rewrit­ing the draft after­wards!). Now that I am an expe­ri­enced writer, I can work much faster and more pre­cise on the sto­ries. Yay. 😉

So this sum­mer I’ll be busy with cer­tain things, blog­ging about them as I go. Those include but not lim­it­ed to: plan­e­tary sys­tem includ­ing the map, plan­e­tary maps (detailed), cul­tures’ snap­shots (belief sys­tems, cus­toms, lan­guages, cal­en­dars, etc.) and time­lines (devel­op­ment, achieve­ments, etc.), char­ac­ters & plot, the world ecosys­tems, atmosphere/ocean mod­el with wind & ocean cur­rent maps. All this even after I had almost fin­ished all these jobs once.

The dif­fer­ence now is that I’m no longer afraid to write the big book. 🙂

P.S. Stay tuned for the new release (The Man in a Box and com­plete Falaha’s Book 3.5) some­where April/May, and for April’s blog­ging chal­lenge (I have to admit I’m still in the process of think­ing about what to write for this one. Haha.)

P.P.S. Maybe I should buy Scriven­er. If there’s time to get and learn how to use one, it’s between books!

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

2 Comments

  1. BUY SCRIVENER! Those were the best invest­ed $40 I ever spent (on soft­ware, at least).

    I’d say go with tril­o­gy. There are plen­ty of sci-fi fans who like huge books, but usu­al­ly ones writ­ten by super famous writ­ers. Indies are bet­ter off with small­er, cheap­er ones. 🙂

    1. Yeah, that’s a good point about being an unknown indie. 😀

      Any­way, I ain’t pub­bing before the whole thing is writ­ten, and then maybe I will have a bet­ter state of things with my…eh… writer’s plat­form. Two years is a big time span.

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