Have you ever seen the movie “Cloud Atlas” or read the novel from which it is based? There’s a quote in the movie that kind of inspired this blog article:
Off and on, I’ve toyed with the idea of going ahead and publishing the first Chronicles of the Sentinels novel in the near future, rather than waiting until I finish the Sword of Dragons series. So I started reading through old blog entries while I mulled it over, and came across a blog I wrote earlier this year.
In it, I had talked about deciding, after almost landing an agent for Chronicles, to self-publish. But instead of self-publishing Chronicles, I decided to self-publish what I called “my first love,” The Sword of Dragons.
And that’s when the answer came to me.
Commitment To A Series
I can’t stop working on Sword of Dragons. I want to see it through to the end. And I know as a reader, I hate when a writer takes years to come out with the next book in a series.
Just like I’m a one-woman kind of guy, I’m a one-series kind of guy :) I can only really and truly focus on one at a time, otherwise I get distracted, and the series suffers for it.
Even writing The Orc War Campaigns has put me behind on the main novel series, and I’m genuinely worried I won’t be able to get book 3 out on time. I haven’t even started the first draft yet!
So I’m going to stick with my original plan. Work on one series at a time. And while that unfortunately means I’ll only be releasing one novel per year (excluding the Orc War Campaigns anthology,) it’ll be well worth it to focus on one series, one story, at a time.
The Long Term Plan
So, assuming I can get book 3 out on time, my plan is to release one Sword of Dragons novel per year, leading up to the epic conclusion in book 6 in 2020.
From there, I want to finish the Chronicles of the Sentinels trilogy. Even though book 1, Legacy, is already done, it needs work and TLC, so I’ll likely hold off releasing that until 2021, making that series go out to 2023.
From there…well let’s just say that I have enough story ideas to continue publishing a new book every year until 2030. But after Chronicles, I’m not sure what I want to do first.
There are a few one-off novels I want to write, including a sci-fi story idea I had recently, but there’s also a series of sci-fi novels I want to write that totally cross boundaries of genre, in ways that I think are really cool :D
Anywho, that’s all for today, everyone! Sorry for no vlog today, but maybe I’ll work up the courage later this week :)
While I am super anxious to share more info about Burning Skies with you all, I wanted to touch on a subject that, as someone who is committed to becoming a full-time writer, has become very prevalent in my life lately. And that is specifically the sacrifices I’ve been making the last few years, and how all of the people in my life have reacted to it. In a way, this post is part of the core of my blog’s purpose: the trials and triumphs of writing.
More than 20 years ago, I started writing, and it has since become my great passion! I’ve written for so long, I simply can’t remember or imagine my life without it. And I don’t want to imagine a life without it. I had grand dreams of becoming a known author, someone who inspired thousands, even millions with my stories.
Someday. Tomorrow. Eventually.
The dreams I had were always “Someday.” Whenever something came up to distract me from writing, writing became “Tomorrow.” And getting published? “Eventually.”
20 years as a writer, and I had nothing published, outside of Star Trek Dragon’s run on the internet. 20 years without making a dime off of writing (which, if you ever want to write full time, is important.) “Eventually” turned into 20 years.
Not long after I moved to Denver, which was a major turning point in my life, I decided to stop letting that happen. I was going to get published! If not with The Sword of Dragons, than with some other novel! Those of you who have read my blog from the beginning have seen the majority of that struggle.
It started with proving to myself that I could write full time, or as close to it as I could. So when the idea of Chronicles of the Sentinels was born, I decided to work on it, every. Single. Day. And I did. 2 or 3 hours every night after work. 5 or 6 hours every Saturday and Sunday.
In 3 months time, I completed pre-production, writing, and the first series of proofreads and edits on book 1, Legacy. It was, and still is, an exciting story, and if never picked up by an agent, will one day be self published.
I had done it! I had proven to myself that I was a true-to-heart writer.
And when I almost-had-but-lost an agent for Chronicles, that was when I decided to self-publish. I could have started with Chronicles, but I wanted to work on my first love: The Sword of Dragons (Hmm, there’s an idea for a blog: each novel, each series, as a love affair ;) lol)
I had some idea how much work was ahead of me, but I still had no idea just how much work it would take to promote the book and get it out there.
Between writing, editing, and working on my social media presence (such as with the blog you are enjoying right now,) I’ve been doing something writing related almost every day.
Balancing Writing with Life
Something else extraordinary has been happening since I moved to Denver. Any one who knew me before I moved here knows that I was once a very shy guy, who would sooner sit at home and play video games that interact with, well, anyone.
Since I’ve moved to Colorado, I’ve slowly emerged from my shell, and have finally built a base of some truly incredible friends, both at work and outside. I’ve gone to conventions, parties, and seen and done things I never, ever thought I would. And I love spending time with my friends, and seeing my family that lives in the area!
But I also work 2 jobs now. At least, that is how I treat my writing – as a 2nd, part-time job. I take it that seriously, and as I build up my platform and start to gain readership, I feel ever-more obligated to keeping up with writing (which is good, in my mind, it keeps me focused :) )
Anyone who has worked more than one job knows that your social life suffers to some extent. I don’t want to lose the friendships I’ve built up, and I genuinely want to spend time with friends and family, but in recent months, I’ve found myself learning to say something very important to anyone who truly desires to make it as a writer, an artist, a singer, ANY passion or artistic endeavor.
Learning to Say No
Before I continue, I know that many of my friends read this blog, and I want to say here and now: no, this post is not a gripe or an attack. In fact, you have no idea how wonderful it makes me feel when you insist I come have drinks with you, or go to a movie, or hang out, I love it! And I love each and every one of you :)
To my fellow aspiring writers, artists, heck to everyone out there with goals and ambitions: the word “no” is something you should learn to be comfortable saying.
In fact I’m suddenly remembering a conversation that my friend Wayne and I had a long while ago. He told me how he often overbooks and spreads himself too thin because he just hasn’t learned to say no when people ask something of him, whether favors or just to hang out.
And when he told me that, and suggested I learned to say no, I took that to heart. With some hesitance, I have started to exercise that powerful word. I hope so very much that my friends understand. I hope that they realize I have fallen so far behind my schedule as a writer, and that I need to make sacrifices to get back on track.
So while the word “yes” is equally as powerful, so is “no”, and if you can learn to balance the two, it will become a truly wondrous superpower!
Too dramatic to call it a superpower? I don’t think so. Because believe me, it is not easy. To all of my friends, I thank you for your patience and understanding, and your continued support of my addiction, uh, I mean passion ;)
And as always, to all of my readers, thank you so much for reading. Something I often write when I sign books, I now say to everyone out there:
On release day of The Sword of Dragons, I began telling the tale of how this epic story came into existence. This is part 2 of that tale, the first part can be read here.
Four Years of Writer’s Block
The path to writing the first 12 chapters of what was still called Sword of the Dragon was a slow but eventful one. I rewrote the first chapter about 3 times before I was satisfied, and then moved on from there. At the time, my system was to write a chapter, and then go back and proofread it before moving on to the next chapter.
Little did I know at the time that this was a mistake for me. It slowed down the flow of the story, and stifled my creative outflow. Wow, it sounds so technical when I put it that way…
It was right around the time that I graduated from college in 2007 that the dreaded writer’s block hit. And it hit hard. From 2007 until 2011 I wrote two chapters of the novel, and maybe only 2 short stories. It was the least productive time of my entire writing life.
What caused it? A multitude of things. But a big part of it was uncertainty in my life. I was graduating with a Bachelor’s of English, but I was dissatisfied with it at that time. I was already on course for switching to IT for a career, but was unable to secure a job right after graduation.
My life became chaos. I didn’t know where I was going, what I was doing, and my writing suffered for it immensely. I did eventually find a part time job that then led to a full time job, but even as I changed jobs and began to make incredible progress in my IT career, my writing continued to suffer.
Breaking the Chains – Inspiration Strikes
I’ve been told that pulling out of writer’s block is one of the hardest things to do for any writer, and until this had happened, I had no idea just how hard. But I did.
It wasn’t instantaneously, though. I began writing short stories again, but didn’t complete any of them. I had some false-starts on chapter 14 of Sword of the Dragon, and I went back and rewrote chapters 12 and 13 a couple of times.
What finally seemed to do it? I moved to Colorado. And my inspiration soared!
In many ways, my move to Colorado was the best thing I could have ever done. I was unhappy where I was in New Mexico, I was unhappy in my job, and I had a lot of painful memories there. I was stuck in the past.
So I found a better job in Colorado and ran away from New Mexico. There was more to do where I moved to, better quality of life, and a job that didn’t require me to work 12 hour shifts. Massive improvements.
Within months, it started. I finished chapter 15. Then 16. Then 17. On and on it went. And before I knew it, Sword of the Dragon was completed in 2012!!
Changing the Title
So why did I change Sword of the Dragon to The Sword of Dragons? Because it’s such a cooler title? Actually I think I lucked out on it, because I was dead-set on the original title. I like The Sword of Dragons better :)
But the reason behind was simple: The day I decided to start querying for an agent, I did a search on amazon, and found a novel subtitled “The Sword of the Dragon.”
While published long after I first came up with Sword of the Dragon, I am not despondent nor do I believe the author knew about my novels, how could he? And the description of Scott Appleton’s novel sounds really cool, I fully intend to buy it and read it :)
Never-the-less, this required me to change the title of my series. It took me about 5 minutes of thinking (the first 3 of which was me getting over the fact that I couldn’t use my title) to come up with the revised The Sword of Dragons.
Rejections, Redirects, and Self Publishing
With the title changed and all references in the manuscript changed, I began the arduous process of writing query letters and synopses. After each rejected query letter, I reworked it. Checked out some awesome helpful websites (Agent Query Connect is the best! :D)
But no hits. This didn’t deter me. While I worked on finding an agent, I completed book 2 of the series, Burning Skies. Compared to book 1’s six-year development, book 2’s year-long development was insanely fast!
I took a break from the series when I came up with Chronicles of the Sentinels, but that was yet another incredible outpour of creativity: I developed, wrote, and completed 2 rounds of proofreading on the novel in 3 months!!!! It is safe to say that my writer’s block is really over, heheh.
But when a potential agent for Chronicles fell through, something sparked in me. I realized how annoyed I was at the whole process. And I kept thinking about Lindsey Stirling, who was rejected (quite brusquely) by the panel of “America’s Got Talent”, but through social media, was able to make a name for herself!
The key was when I asked my girlfriend one question: “Do you think I should self-publish? Do you think I can even do it? Can I make it as a self-published writer?”
Her unequivocal “yes” was that last boost I needed. :)
The result of that decision so many months ago? Well, you’ve all seen it. The Sword of Dragons :D
First I want to apologize for how long it has been since I wrote a blog entry. Two weeks to the day! :-\ It has been a very busy couple of weeks, and a bit of a roller coaster. Okay more than just a bit!
But, on the bright side of things, I have completed the revisions to Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy, and only need to finish up a query letter and synopsis, and then I’m ready to send my pages to Ms. Diver! I’ll post the manuscript’s stats at the bottom of this article :)
On to the subject matter for today’s article! And this has a lot to do with becoming published and/or finding an agent.
The Other Half of the Job
Now before anyone says anything, no, I am not down-playing the importance of writing skill. No matter what, you must have a quality piece of writing in order to have a chance at either mainstream publication or making your self-published work sell.
Having said that, I have learned this year just how important it is for a writer to get out from behind the pen and actively work on getting your name out there, or going out and meeting other writers, meeting publishers and agents face to face.
In general, writers are by nature introverted to some extent. (This is not a universal truth, however!) And I used to have the naive impression that all writers had to do was write, and then leave the rest up to the ‘professionals.’
I was wrong. I’ve been learning all about what a writer should do beyond writing this year, and honestly is part of the reason I started this blog, and started my facebook page. Whether you’re self-publishing or going main-stream, it is chiefly the writer’s responsibility to promote themselves and their work, to get their name out there.
Beyond even that, however, is the ‘mingling’ part. And yes, RMFW’s Colorado Gold Conference and my experiences there is a big reason behind tonight’s blog!
If you haven’t read it yet, read my blog that details my experiences there! I met so many different writers, which in and of itself was incredible! More than that, I got to meet editors and agents, and pitch to one, which led directly to finding an agent interested in my work!
The lesson learned there was that my one weekend at the conference was far, far more productive than cold-mailing query letters out. Now of course, there is no guarantee that you’ll have any success going to such conferences. You really must have a good product to sell, be a person an agent or editor wants to work with, and have a good pitch!!
There’s also something else that I am going to highly recommend all writers do…
Writing Critique Groups
While I was at the conference, I was encouraged by Kevin Wolf to join a local critique group hosted by RMFW. I’ve now been to two sessions, and I have to say that it is an incredibly helpful resource!
Not only do you get to meet and collaborate with other writers regularly, but you get multiple eyes on pieces of your work, which allows for a wide range of view points, opinions, and suggestions! Plus if you’re lucky, you’ll have published writers in your group that could potentially give you advice in other aspects of the industry!
Having said that, I should caution that not all critique groups are alike. I was lucky to have found a great group my first time out, but I’ve heard horror stories. So I would recommend checking around, and if your first venture into a critique group doesn’t go well, look for another one, but don’t give up!
I know that those of you who live in a small town might not have such a group. I have two recommendations. First, there are online critique groups, so just do a search on the internet! Second, try to create one in your area! I would be willing to bet that there are at least a few writers even in the small towns :) And even if that’s not the case, it can’t hurt to try!
So what do you all think? Are there other resources ‘out there’ that you would recommend on top of this? And if you do go out and find a critique group, or are already part of one, I’d love to hear about your experiences with them! So please leave a comment below :)
Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy Revision
So as promised, here are the stats for the revised version of Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy, now marketed as an Adult Modern Fantasy novel :)
Word Count: 75,237
Page Count: 231
It’s a marginal increase, not the 80,000 words I was wanting, but I was grateful for the opportunity to flesh it out without worrying about making it too long. I feel like anything extra added to the story would be arbitrary at this point. This increase doesn’t come from big chunks tacked on here and there, either, every single chapter has been modified to some extent, little modifications here and there.
This includes fleshing out Alycia’s character more, so I am very pleased with that :)
I’ll be sure to let everyone know when I finish my query and synopsis and send it out! Thanks for reading.
Today’s excerpt is a little special. As I’ve been going through my latest revision before sending 30 pages to Ms. Diver, I’ve started running the NASA HDEV in the background, to give myself a great view while reading.
Tonight I caught a sunset while reviewing chapter 12, and thought I’d share it with you all, while at the same time giving you a full page of an excerpt :)
In this scene, Emmi is in her cat form, which I have posted an excerpt from before. This is after that scene. She is exploring the Sentinel facility, when she comes across a most curious section…
(Click the image for the full-size)
I hope you all enjoyed this! It’s definitely more of an excerpt than I usually give, with the bonus of some eye candy ;)
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish my revisions today like I had hoped. I came down sick on Friday and ended up doing next to nothing on Saturday except lay in bed :(
But that’s okay, it’ll give me a chance to finish this, write up a query letter, and get that query letter reviewed by a critique group I’ve started attending! :D (more on that in a follow-up article later this week)
I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for reading :)
As many of you read in my last article, agent Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency asked me to send her 30 pages and a synopsis after my pitch at the Colorado Gold conference! I’m still so excited! I also promised to tell you all more about what happened in that pitch, so here we are, as promised :)
The story actually started the day before my pitch to Ms. Diver. Saturday, when I attended a class she hosted called “When is it YA?” I discovered something: in my attempts to write a Young Adult novel, I had actually written an Adult Fantasy. (She recently posted her presentation on her blog, check it out!)
Before anyone gets the wrong impression (too late?) I want to clear up some definitions here. In the publishing industry, an adult fantasy does not mean it is a sexually-oriented novel. That would actually fall under erotic literature. Adult fantasy means the fiction is targeted for an audience 18 years or older.
As I sat in the class, one thing started to become apparent: Chronicles of the Sentinel was not, by the industry’s definition, a YA story. The most obvious reason was that the 3 main characters are 22 years old. While a 22 year old person is actually considered a young adult, in the publishing industry, YA ends at 18.
More than that, it’s also what the story covers. While Chris, Emmi and Alycia are college students, the majority of the story does not take place at school. In fact you only see the college campus in chapter 1, and that’s it. They are very much college-age individuals dealing with personal and interpersonal issues you might expect from college students, but these issues also easily bleed through into the post-college realm.
After discussing this with Ms. Diver during my pitch, I was surprised when she told me that marketing CotS for adults rather than YA was a good thing. It has become difficult to sell YA Fantasy in the current market, but Adult Fantasy is selling. In other words, it would be easier to get CotS published as an Adult Fantasy at this time.
From Just Right to Too Short
This has one unfortunate side effect: at just over 72,000 words, CotS:Legacy was just the right length for a YA novel. But for adult fiction, it falls short of the generally accepted minimum of 80,000 words.
That means I have some work to do. Ms. Diver pointed out that it could still work at 72k, but if possible to expand on it before sending her my 30 pages and synopsis. So that is what I have set out to do!
For starters, I’m reading through the novel chapter-by-chapter and, where I feel it is needed or appropriate, I am enriching the language. While I’m only 4 chapters in as of last night, I’m already realizing a mistake I had made: thinking that I needed to keep the language super simple for YA readers.
The fact of the matter is, young readers read up in age (a fact I learned at the conference.) I know I did, I was reading adult-targeted fiction since before I even started writing. I remember reading Lord of the Rings at age 11, and while I found it excruciatingly boring in parts (which I still do, even though I love it!), I devoured it and finished very quickly!
I should have never written down in the first place. So in all honesty, going back through CotS:Legacy now, I’m really glad to be able to make the small changes and additions. I don’t know that doing so by itself will make the novel reach 80k words, but it’ll be worth it, and so far in 4 chapters I’ve increased the word count by about 500.
One thing I’d like to do is increase Alycia’s character development. Like Emmi and Chris, she does go through a change in book 1, but it is much less pronounced, and I felt in the end that I hadn’t given her as much attention as I should have.
So that is something else I’ve been doing as I’ve gone along. I’ve given her more attention, let her come alive as all good characters do, and this will be an additional focus throughout the novel.
I do not want to add anything arbitrary, but I want readers to have the chance to fall in love with her! So instead of massive sections here and there that would ruin the flow of the story as it stands, I’m adding tidbits here and there, little character nuances to give her life.
Ms. Diver did not give me a deadline for when I should submit the pages to her, but this is my life, and just as I did while I first wrote CotS, I’m treating it like a 2nd full-time job. So I’m giving myself a deadline of completing this revision by Sunday. I don’t know that I’ll actually succeed, but it is an attainable goal.
I’d like to try to then read through the novel one more time, to ensure I didn’t mess up the flow. Right now, it seems like it flows very well, and beta readers seem to agree with that! I don’t want to sacrifice that flow just for an extra thousand words.
Final Thought – I’m Relieved It’s Not YA
Some of you might be surprised to read that, but honestly I’m glad to be writing in Adult and not YA, for one important reason: as I’ve started developing book 2, I’ve realized that fitting that story into a YA-length novel would be difficult at best.
But with 80 to 90k words to work with, I think book 2 will fit the bill perfectly, and will leave me room to develop all 3 of the protagonists as deeply as I want :)
So yesterday the Colorado Gold Conference hosted by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers concluded, and it was an amazing conference! I don’t even know where to begin! (and some voice in my head just went “From the beginning! Duh.”)
It was a whirlwind weekend packed full of epic goodness, I met so many incredible people and learned so much! Plus, there is some really good news about Chronicles of the Sentinels! Shall we call that foreshadowing and leave it until the end? As the good Belt said, “Dun dun duuunnnnn!”
There’s a lot to talk about, so bear with me!
Thursday Night – The Newbies
One thing I can say about the members of RMFW, they were all incredibly welcoming to all of us newbies! Starting with the night before the conference actually began. Kevin Wolf had sent out an invitation for any of the newbies showing up at the conference Thursday night to meet in the hotel lobby, and about fifteen of us showed up.
I was a bit nervous at first, but as I came down to the lobby and found a few of the other newbies sitting and chatting with Kevin, I was immediately welcomed by such warm, open people! Furthermore some of the bigger names for RMFW happened by while we were chatting and stopped to welcome us as well :)
When everyone was set and Kevin had given us some great tips, we went to the bar and had drinks together, exchanged business cards, and had a great time! While I had been nervous about the conference before, that night made me feel so welcomed and so confident that I had made the right choice to come!
Friday – Masters and Coaches
Something I actually didn’t realize, because I didn’t actually read carefully enough: the conference didn’t technically start in the AM on Friday. There were, however, Master Classes as they were called that started bright and early, 8AM. When I found out they were optional and cost extra, I happily paid for the “So You Want To Write a Series” class, and I was not disappointed!
I learned so much from speaker Susan Spann! This was a particularly helpful class for me because I have always written my stories as series, starting with my fan fiction. I seriously don’t know if I’m even capable of writing stand-alone novels! (Although that could be an interesting future challenge.) I know that what I learned from her will help me immensely in the days to come.
Shortly after that 4 hour class and a quick lunch (okay that was a lie, I forgot to eat lunch that day…) I had my pitch coaching session with Heather Webb. Naturally I was extremely nervous, and although I had prepared a pitch several days prior, when I sat down in front of her, my mind went completely blank!
But that was okay, because she started asking me questions about the characters and story and helped me come up with a much, much better pitch! More than that, as soon as I started telling her about Chronicles of the Sentinels, her eyes lit up, and she was immediately hooked! That is an awesome feeling when an established author who writes in a completely different genre finds your story idea intriguing :D
From there, I attended a couple of seminars, including an uplifting “Rejection is a Four Letter Word” seminar :)
Friday Dinner – I Found My Home
Friday night’s dinner was just as phenomenal! I ended up sitting at Heather’s table and met some phenomenal Historical Fiction writers. More than that, however, was the feeling that had started to build that day, and entered my conscious mind at dinner.
This is going to sound cheesy, but: I found my people! lol. Seriously, though, everything that had happened, I felt like I had found people who could truly understand me. I felt like I had found a home, of sorts. The funny thing is, about a half hour after I had that very thought, someone up on stage said something very similar :)
It occurred to me that I don’t actually know many writers in my personal life, or at least, I didn’t before now. To be surrounded by 400 of them?! And unlike the attitude I got from certain people at a certain university I attended almost a decade ago, everyone from every genre, including Literary Fiction, were open, warm, curious, and creative. Everyone accepted everyone else with open arms.
Why? Because we’re all writers. And I’ve learned just how special that really is :)
Saturday – Pitch #1
Saturday was another full day, 14 hours non-stop just like Friday, but it was a truly nerve-wracking day! Saturday was when I had my first pitch! *gulp* Worse than that, it wasn’t until 11:20AM, which meant I had the whole morning to freak out over it!
Thankfully my fellow writers came to my rescue :) When I entered that waiting room, the first thought I had was, “I’ve seen photos of things like this, when actors and actresses are waiting to audition for roles.” I sat down, and looked at the person next to me, who looked as nervous as I felt. So what did I do? “Hi, I’m Jon!” Just like I’d already done dozens of times at the conference.
Striking up random conversation with everyone around me soothed my nerves, and seemed to help them with the same :) When the time came, I was still nervous, of course, but the editor I pitched to, Kerri Buckley, was extremely friendly and patient! And while Kerri was not one who represented Fantasy, she encouraged me to submit to her coworker, and said she would tell him to expect me :)
After that I had lunch, where I met even more awesome people, and finished the day of conferences optimistic and quite happy!
Saturday Night – Who Needs 2 Forks?!
The dinner Saturday night was probably the most formal dinner I had ever attended. I’m not kidding, 2 forks, 2 knives, a dainty looking spoon, and some…interesting fancy meals. I felt wholly out of place in my Hawaiian shirt and jeans. But, as always, writers came to the rescue, and those at my table made me feel quite welcome :)
The Keynote Speaker was Mark Coker of the famous Smash Words website, an insanely fast-growing self-publishing eBook website! His speech was pretty inspiring in some parts, while other parts were a bit degrading to traditionally published authors, but all in all I was impressed. And there was one thing he said that I really loved hearing: printed books are not going away! There is an equilibrium being created between eBooks and printed novels, and for someone who has always dreamed of seeing a hard-backed copy of my novels, that’s good news :D
Sunday – The Big Day!
Sunday was when I had my 2nd pitch to the agent I was most looking forward to meeting: Lucienne Diver of Knight Agency! And thankfully, I was considerably less nervous after the incredible amount of support and interest I garnered from everyone throughout the conference!
I was totally unprepared for what happened next: I went in, met Lucienne, and at her request I dove right into my pitch. A minute later, it was done. Without blinking, she handed me her card and said, “Ok, I’d like you to send me 30 pages and a synopsis.” I was completely blown away, and I can only imagine the look of surprised glee on my face!! She wanted to see my work!!!!! An agent was interested in my novel! Wait, let me repeat that in it’s own paragraph for effect:
Lucienne Diver wants to see my work!
It was exactly what I had hoped for! :) There is more to that short, 10 minute meeting with her, but I’m going to save that for my next blog article: it deals with genre, target audience, and something about Chronicles of the Sentinels that I am most excited to share :D
After attending one more session about Theme, there was a final lunch with another inspiring speech, where I got to say goodbye to all of the fantastic friends I had met. I have to admit, as exhausted as I was by then, I was really sad to have to go. I felt like I was leaving my new home, just when I had found it.
Next, I have some work to do on Chronicles (again, more to come on that later! This is already a too-long article…) I am looking forward to submitting those 30 pages and the synopsis to Lucienne, and who knows, in a couple of years, my first novel may very well be on bookshelves!
No, scratch that, I’m not going to say may. I’m going to say will. In a couple of years, Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy will be on bookshelves all over the nation! The power of positive thinking, right? ;)
If you’ve made it this far, kudos! This turned out to be my longest blog article yet, but there is so much material for more articles.
To anyone who attended the event, and to RMFW, thank you for an amazing weekend, and for making me feel at home! :)
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