Sep 10, 2013

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Writing Update

For a long time, it has been suggested to me many times that I should look into self-publishing. Friends, family, and fellow writers encouraged me to research the possibility. I had the ability, the drive, and the artwork to self-publish my novel. And I did consider it. In fact, it got to the point where I was ready to try and self-publish Micah and Charlotte. But I didn’t have a suitable cover for that particular novel, so I requested a new commission from kunoichi-san, and I made myself a promise that if I really loved the cover she created, I would pursue self-publication.

Commission 2 SketchA month or so after first discussing the commission with kunoichi-san, she sent me a sketch that looked absolutely fabulous (see left). I could tell it was going to be stunning, and so I moved forward with the assumption of self-publishing. Well, months later, and I still haven’t heard back from kunoichi-san. I have no idea what’s going on with her, but she hasn’t updated her deviantart page or posted new art in a while. Luckily, I didn’t pay her yet, and I hope she’s okay, but I took that as a serious sign.

I’ve never wanted to self-publish, and I certainly never wanted my work to be something anyone could download for less than a buck. I’m not saying I am adverse to the concept, but my dream has always been to see my books on a shelf. And when all this went down, it only further cemented this fact. Lately, I’ve seen new motivation in my writing, and today I got a request for pages from an agent. I’m not expecting too much from it (to lessen the blow of rejection), but it definitely was an encouragement.

I’ve really been working hard to outline my new book, One Vengeance, and I’m in the middle of chapter two. But I’ve forgotten how hard it is to establish an entire new world. One night, I spent entirely on the background of the world. What the name of the magic is in this world, the name of the cities, the name of their money, and what they use for various measurements. It’s hard work, but as it slowly fleshes out, I get more and more excited about it. I totally overshot my estimate of finishing the book by June, but I know without a shadow of a doubt I’m going to be immensely proud of this novel. Not just because I poured so much effort into it, but because I made my first attempt to break from my first world. To me, it’s the real entry into the title of “fantasy writer” instead of “Carnel writer.”

So, my latest progress: sent five queries to agents this week, wrote a page of One Vengeance, did some editing of Micah and Charlotte, and created my master list of agencies, which I’ve been wanting to make for a while now and finally got around to doing. I will continue to update my progress on a more regular basis! Thanks for all your support, you nameless and faceless readers I adore.