The post-sale process teaches (or attempts to teach) all kinds of new skills, and with the fabulous freedom Ellora’s Cave gives its authors as far as exploring different subgenres, the ‘writing one book while editing a previous one’ is a skill I’d better pick up pretty quickly. (As is not writing ginormous run-on sentences, too, I’m sure.)
My muse likes to jump around. She’s schitzo, and that’s okay. Especially with the publisher I’m lucky to have. But she’s confused as hell right now.
The difference between Twice Upon A Roadtrip and the vampire book I’m working on now is the old cliche—day and night. Roadtrip’s a goofy romantic comedy. The vampire book is dark and edgy and very much not funny. And the muse was having fun with that. Until it came time to edit Roadtrip, and foward motion on the vampires essentially came to a screeching halt…
Muse: Funny? You want me to be funny? We just killed off a teenaged prostitute, and you want me to be funny?
Shannon: It would help.
Muse: You don’t need me to erase your misappropriation of the world’s commas.
Shannon: Well, there’s other stuff, too. Writing stuff.
Muse: I can’t just switch back and forth between funny and intensely dark. YOU’RE the one who’s always being called Sybil. Not me.
Shannon: Let’s just get on with this so we can punt it and get back to poor Tomas.
Muse: Fine. But if I get confused and somebody is heinously murdered, don’t blame me.
Writing and editing at the same time is definitely a skill I need to master. Quickly.