Last night, I finished the 2nd revision of book 1 of the Chronicles of the Sentinels! :D This was an exciting milestone, because it means that I finally, finally get to share the novel with others!
Every single milestone in writing a novel is exciting to me, and as I’ve said before, the actual writing stage is my favorite. However, the idea that new eyes will get to read the story is so exciting to me! What will they think about it? How will they interpret it? All of the subtle little subtext I put in, will they see it?
Most of all, I hope that it sparks the imagination of those who read it. I hope they finish this relatively short novel and go “That was exciting! Where’s book 2?”
In fact, I’ve already sent my novel out to I think 8 beta readers (and am about to send it to a 9th :) ) I am so excited and looking forward to seeing their responses!!
The Titles of Chronicles
As you can see from the title of this blog article, I finally came up with a name for the 1st book, simply, “Legacy.” I reserve the right to change that, of course, but I think it fits the story nicely :)
More than that, I kind of have some ideas for titles for all 3 books by keeping to the simplicity of it. So while every novel’s title will begin with “Chronicles of the Sentinels,” the individual book’s title will be 1 descriptive word.
I don’t want to reveal all of the titles right here, for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is I may change them after writing the novels. Also, there is a certain hype that comes with revealing a novel’s title, so I want to save that for when I’m hyping the 2nd and 3rd books :)
So, book 1 is officially called: Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy
Well, for starters, I wait for beta readers to finish and give feedback. I hope to hear back from at least a couple of them before the writing conference.
The next milestone is the Writer’s Conference in September, and for that, I need to start researching how to pitch a novel, and start practicing! 2 weeks isn’t a long time to figure out how to do something I’ve never done before. However, if I continue to treat this as part of the writing process, IE: put hours into it every day, I’m confident I’ll be ready :)
Do any of my fellow writers out there have any advice on pitching a novel in person? What are your experiences?
Oh, and before I forget, the numbers from revision #2!
Chronicles of the Sentinels – 3rd Draft by the Numbers
There may still be some revisions after I get feedback from beta readers, but here it is, as polished as I can make it right now :)
Word Count: 72,970
Page Count: 226
That’s almost 100 words more than the 2nd draft, so there was a net increase. Interesting since there were, in some cases, whole sentences I removed, others I tightened up.
Thanks for reading, everyone!