The Alex Verus short story that I’ve been working on is done!
However, it turns out I underestimated how long it was going to be. The unedited version is 17,500 words long, which is less ‘short story’ and more on the borderline between ‘novelette’ and ‘novella’ – it’s about 20% the length of a full Alex Verus novel, which is quite a lot more than I was expecting. It was more work than I was planning on, but I’m glad I did it – it was interesting to write Alex Verus’s world from the viewpoint of someone else.
Now that the story’s done, I’m deciding what to do with it. I’m probably going to make it available online, but I haven’t decided exactly where – at the moment the main options I’m considering are Kindle, Patreon, and my own website right here. It needs a bit of editing and formatting first, so it’ll take a little while regardless. This first story is probably going to function as a sort of testing-the-waters experiment – depending on what sort of response it gets, I’ll decide whether to write more.
In the meantime, I’ve got a couple more author commentaries written and ready to go. I’m going to be out of the country for a couple of weeks, but I’ve put both pieces on this blog and set them to auto-publish, so they should come out automatically over the next two Fridays. The first is an ‘interlude’ piece looking at the release of Alex Verus #1, #2, and #3 in 2012, and the second is the commentary on Alex Verus #4, Chosen. Hopefully they’ll come out on schedule, but if not, I’ll fix it when I get back!