I’ve kept this under wraps for months, but the official announcement came out today so I’m free to shout my news from the rooftops. Tor.com Publishing has acquired my fantasy novella!
The Border Keeper is due for release early next year. It’s an epic quest fantasy condensed into 40 000 words. Gods and demons, considerable scheming and evil machinations, and a talking crab. I wrote it in late 2016 for the non-European fantasy submissions window, and it sat in the queue until 12 April 2018, at which point I was contacted by one of the editors.
The experience has been a little surreal. Thanks to the time difference between SA and the US, the initial email came through around midnight. Very little sleep happened subsequently. The next day, Friday the 13th, I was on the phone to New York. After some back-and-forth discussions, acceptance!
I’m currently working through some revisions with my editor, Ruoxi Chen. The novella is a little on the long side, so we’re trying to shave off a few hundred words. Cover art is also under discussion, which, honestly, is the MOST exciting thing for me. Tor.com produces the most amazingly beautiful work. Look at all the pretties!
I find it difficult to describe the novella without giving away all my favourite parts. It’s a twisty kind of story, and no one is quite what they seem. Thematically, it has a lot to do with ideas of healing and justice, but there are also pretty demons with long hair and an exceedingly grumpy genocidal witch.
I have a lot more I want to say about this acceptance and what it means to me, but I’m going to go bask in post-announcement happiness now.