Unbraiding multiple plotlines
The same thing had happened with the original version of THE RELUCTANT REAPER so my editor had me cut the 100k book in two, add a reasonably satisfying ending to the first book and write a third to wrap up the last of the dangling threads.
But with FIENDS, I’m going to have to unwind two major plotlines and create two ~70k novels from the current 90k version. Damn. I thought I was done.
But then again, two books! (And I know how the trilogy will wrap up.)