Between Shadows and Darkness

I Finished Writing My Third Book, Now What?

I realize it’s been a while since I posted anything relevant here. There is a reason. I needed a couple of months to iron out the the last hundred pages of my latest book, THE MISTS OF CALTHAR. Then I had to edit and get things presentable for literary agent’s eyes. I officially sent it out into the world this morning.

MISTS is my first sci-fi book. The final word count ended up being a little over 89,000 words. I participated in two Twitter pitches with it to gauge potential interest. One literary agent requested a sample. The same literary agent later requested the full manuscript. I guess that means I’m one for one in the query department. Nice! A grand total of five small presses requested to see more, but I held off sending them anything. My plan all along was to start with literary agents.

So, what’s next?

Now I need to create a synopsis. It shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve tackled them before. I’ll be shooting for a two page synopsis. After that I’ll revisit my query letter. Yep, I penned a query letter for MISTS when the book was halfway done. Then I’ll start subbing to my list of literary agents I’d like to work with. Query trenches here I come!

There’s still life for BSD!

A small press has the full manuscript for BETWEEN SHADOWS AND DARKNESS. I should be hearing something back in around a month. I can’t tell you how happy writing this makes me. I really want someone to love that book and characters as much as I do. More news as it becomes available.

A couple of short stories of mine are under consideration for various anthologies. You’ll know more when I know more.

For anyone interested, I plan on blogging about my Twitter pitch experiences. Stay tuned for that. Expect to hear more about MISTS too. Until then, be good to one another.

 

 

The Future Is Now

My agent and I spoke recently. What did we speak about? The future!

We spoke about my two completed books and what we’d like to see happen with them. She gave me two weeks to make absolutely sure the manuscript looks the way I want it to look. That means going through each word and smoothing out any rough edges. I’m about a third of the way through. My plan is to finish editing and then let it sit a few days before going through it again checking for typos. After that, we go on submission.

My agent also went over my WIPs and we discussed which project I should tackle next. She really liked the concept of BLACK SACRAMENT. I’ve got my marching orders. As soon as I’m satisfied with BSD, I’ll be working on my supernatural thriller. I think what really sold her was when I said, “They’re like the Navy SEALS of exorcists.” I look forward to the challenge of bringing cops and exorcists together with plenty of action and scares.

The best part was my agent said she noticed improvement in my world building, characterization, dialogue, and as a result pacing. As a person who tries to get better each day, that’s good to hear. My confidence is up, which means productivity is also up.

If I’m not around as much during the next few months, I hope you’ll understand. Hopefully it means progress and more things for all of you to read. Having direction is important to me. Now I can concentrate on the tasks at hand with maximum effort. It’s time to take over the world! Em, I mean get writing.

What are you up to? What projects have you excited?