Just felt the need to crow.
I finished another story today: another mystery/crime tale, called Bag Man. I started it back in March, but only got about 1,000 words down before I left for the Workshop. I originally called it The Watery Tart, because I started it by playing off of Monty Python And The Holy Grail, with one of the characters complaining, “I can’t believe that watery tart threw a scimitar at me!” But after that start, what I thought was going to be a farcical fantasy story turned into a gritty modern-day crime story. So I had to edit the beginning a little bit. Changed that first dialogue line completely, because I really want to use the watery tart bit in a story that suits it some day.
Bag Man came in at just over 5,600 words.
I was pretty happy to finish another crime/mystery story, because I want to get The Billionaire’s Daughter up for public consumption and I’d rather do it as a $2.99 double than as a $1.99 single. So Bag Man allows me to do this.
I think it’s a darn good, and fun, story. So I decided to try it at Ellery Queen first. Pushed submit just a few minutes ago. Which means I have a choice. Either:
- Publish The Billionaire’s Daughter now as a $1.99 single and change it to a double after Ellery Queen’s done with Bag Man (assuming it’s rejected). -or-
- Wait to publish them both once EQ has made their determination.
There’s no real rush, so I’m inclined to go with #2. Except that I already have a cover concept (a good one too, I think) done for The Billionaire’s Daughter. And I like the story a lot. And, well, I’m impatient.
On the flip side, since mystery/crime is a departure from the SF/F Michael Kingswood theme, I’m using a new pen name for these stories: Alex Mariner. More titles = better for a pen name, so waiting to start him off with two might not be a bad plan.
Ah hell, I dunno.
EQ only took 10 days or so to process The Billionaire’s Daughter, even though they advertise up to three months. If they can be that quick with Bag Man, it’s a no brainer to wait. So I guess I’ll wait and see.
Well that’s about it for now. Cheers!