So who else is planning to submit to Angry Robot on Tuesday? They're only opening to unagented submissions for one month. They're going to get inundated.
I'm sending Bell-Men, and to prepare I'm now doing yet-another-final-edit. They only want to see the first five chapters, but I figure any excuse to trim some words off that monster is a good one. And I have indeed managed to cut about 600 words, taking me down close enough to 116,000 words that I can change my official wordcount. I'd like to get down to 115,000, but I don't think that's going to happen. Still, the first draft was about 130,000, so I figure I'm doing good.
This is a good book. I like it. It's too long and probably the pacing is off as a result, but I think it's strong and pretty well written. Maybe the slush readers at Angry Robot will think so too.