Mostly worth it, anyway. Embracing the challenge to make the novella better, striving to improve characterization and the story line, and the general sexiness, well, those are the kinds of thing a writer is supposed to do. I'm glad we took however many days were needed. The loss of time when my health went south, that isn't anything I'd care to do again. (Since I wheezed about my issues in last week's blog, I won't do it again today.) As these words go up, I'm feeling absolutely, positively better. I say with my fingers crossed.
This sequel has been up for less than a week; Amazon released The Fourth Brother as Labor Day crossed from evening to night. You might think it's old hat to us, seeing our story appear on-line, but I doubt that will ever be the case. Although we've had more than a dozen titles published, it's always exciting and scary and fun and anxious-making when a new title enters the world. It's exciting and fun because our story is finally headed toward publication. It's scary and anxious-making because I always fear I should maybe have done another round of edits, maybe should have written a little more, MAYBE should have waited just another few months.
More successful writers than me have given in to those kinds of fears. Or is it, "More successful writers than I have given in to those kinds of fears"? Glynn would know but, since he's busy right now, let's not worry about it. The point is, the publish button has been pushed and the story is available for reading. So far, we haven't received any emails to tell me we messed up somewhere, so I'm starting to rest a little easier. Which makes me very happy, because this is a good story. Which isn't a modest statement for the story's author to make, I understand, but I can't help it. I really like The Fourth Brother.
(I'm also really liking BrainDead on Amazon Prime, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell on Netflix. Two of the best shows I've seen this year, and I'm sharing because I hardly know anyone who's seen either program. Success in television, as it is in writing, lies in discovery.)
I'd say The Fourth Brother is possibly the best story in the series so far, but Glynn said I say that every time a new sequel appears. He's wrong, and we both know it. Besides, I'd never lie to you. I hope you like it.