So the work on editing A Few Good Elves continues! The major significant change that I’ve made is to chop it into two parts! Kill my darlings!
In order to meet Edge Publishing’s manuscript requirements, I need to cut A Few Good Elves down to less than 100k words. Ouch! The manuscript is currently 170k words plus!
But I realized that the main story started at Part Two, The Queen’s Dirk, so I slashed out the rest of it! I might publish that in the future as a novella that I’m calling “Mr. Midshipman Sunfall” in my working title (those of you who read nautical fiction will recognize the reference). Now comes the task of adding in all the important parts that I had already said in the slashed portion that readers will need to know. And taking out other parts to make the cut.
Those of you who have read the fanfiction version: do you think I should lose the bulk of the chapter in which the characters are imprisoned in the prison camp? Does my story lose poignancy without it? This would easily allow my manuscript to make the 100k limit.
Or, should I lose the backstory of the characters not present, like Narissa? Is it really part of the story or is that all about character?
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.