Currently working on chapter 30 of what’s looking to be a 37-chapter book. Probably around 80,000 to 85,000 words. Which is still pretty short for an adult fantasy novel. As if selling a quest story wasn’t hard enough in today’s market.
Anyway, I can always take out the swear words, dial back on the violence (not much sex to dial back on), and market it as YA. But there’s so much YA fantasy already.
Granted, a lot of it is YA romance, but them’s the breaks.
Actually, I’m not altogether sure on that last bit. I know YA romance is huge, but I don’t think it’s as big a component as it was in the Twilight days. Maybe, maybe not. More research is needed.
I know I need more gender diversity in my writing. The current novel really has none. There’s an argument to be made for the wizards being gay, but if it’s not mentioned in-text, it ain’t canon. Sorry, fanfic writers!
At least there’s plenty of cultural and racial diversity. Somewhat, anyway. My main character is a dark-skinned female human. Her companions are a dark-skinned male, a pale nokken, and a pale female. Not many elves in this one, not in the first half, anyway. Elves are all white-skinned. That has more to do with what elves are. Their paleness is where their name comes from. Elf derives from “alba,” Latin for white.
Keep in mind, pale skin was and is quite rare among humans. It was seen as a sign of otherworldliness by the ancients.
Or maybe I’m just making stuff up. I’m no anthropologist. Anyway, the elves are white, and the goblins are green.
No orcs, though. Leave those to Tolkien.