Started several new projects this week. Well, the first isn’t so new anymore since I began outlining this one a few months back. An urban fantasy novella this time, about a girl who can taste pain and her journey from fear to addiction and finally self-revelation. A tad adult-themed this time, as I dare myself to explore all facets of pain from emotional, physical to sexual. It’s a very different take from the fun, almost mindless ;), adventures of Stealing A Dream, much more introspective in voice and smaller in scope. Yeah, I’m done with universe/world destruction themes.
The second project is the sequel to Stealing A Dream. Untitled so far but set in the same universe, fast-forwarded five years or so. I’m alternating between Plio and Prince Eldon’s POVs, surprisingly finding their voices very easy to carry through, but at the moment they’re rather similar. Hopefully by the time I get to editing, they won’t be anymore, I’m just trying to get my juice flowing for now, so I keep writing.
I still have to revise the last three chapters of Stealing A Dream before I’m comfortable enough to start sending queries out. I’m… unhappy with all the queries I drafted, but I may have to settle on one and just start sending them out. I hope someone will ask for a partial at least, for the sake of my faith in it, but I’ve mixed feelings about the whole process, having read the sort of things they want out there (ie. Epic fairytale/high fantasy has little love in the literary market, it seems)
So I’m psyching myself up on self-publishing, and here’s a list of things I’ve to do for it:
1. Finish the three artwork I’ve left to do
2. Draw the cover art (I’ve a few already but am convinced I can do better!)
3. Create a book-trailer
4. Finish the website
5. Hire an editor (if you know anyone affordable, let me know? I’ve collected a few names from friends and agent blogs, but always interested in more)
6. Work out how to reformat books with pictures in Calibre
7. Get more involved in reviewing other people’s books and organise guest blog posts
8. Do I need to draw a map of the universe? Bwaa…
Did I miss anything?
Perhaps there’s a reason why my day job was made redundant recently, a sign of some kind it’s time for me to concentrate on getting this out? *shrug* Anyway, last week of work this week, then I’m off to DC to visit my dearest friend who’ll take me to the Capclave writing conference. My FIRST conference, I am nervous with a capital N! (and this ain’t even the ones with pitching and stuff! Bleh, I don’t know what’s wrong with me) But there will be a session on plotting. I look forward to that one and will definitely share with you what I learn there, so stay tuned 🙂
From there, I’m off to Seattle, to visit my other dearest friend! These two have been with me through my writing journey since I… couldn’t even spell. I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.
On top of all that, I’ve to get my resume sorted. Geez. No rest for the wicked.
Alright, lots of things to do. Wish me luck, peeps. I’ll end this post with the latest artwork I did which may end up the coverart, but dunno… we’ll see. What do you think?