Gah! It’s been way too long since I’ve written a blog post. But I have returned! *gallops in atop a majestic, white horse to the sound of trumpets*
A lot has happened in the last few weeks. Before I return to blogging about storytelling tips, I need to catch you up on some writing-related news… and share an exciting development I’ve been dying to announce!
But first, the “lesser” updates…
Update 1: Beta reading
As of yesterday, the first round of beta reading for Emergence officially ended. All the readers are still finishing the book, (as is typical with beta reading deadlines *wink*), but some feedback has already started coming in. Overall, it seems that readers really enjoy the book (yay!), but I still have a lot of work to do for the next draft… as to be expected!
Also, the second round of beta reading is officially full. I mean, it’s jam-packed. I can not accept any more readers for that round. O.O You all are awesome! Your interest in this story means so much to me!!
Update 2: The sequel for Emergence…?
So, I got kind of antsy last month while waiting for people to finish reading Emergence… and I started writing the sequel. I KNOW. I COULDN’T HELP IT. This isn’t much of an announcement, though, because I never got past Chapter 2. *awkward side-glance* But still, I started it… and I added it to my list of projects on this blog, so there’s that.
Which leads me straight into the next update…
Update 3: Camp NaNoWriMo
I’m joining Camp NaNoWriMo this month! If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a more laid-back version of NaNoWriMo that takes place in April. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, Google it. xD (I’m not feeling very helpful today.)
For Camp NanoWriMo, I’ll be writing the first draft of a novella called The Rebel of Mosoria. It takes place 40 years before the events of Emergence, and I plan to release it first (once it’s finished, of course). It’s about a boy named Masano who tries to lead a revolution, but his plans of defiance take a dark, unexpected turn. *gulps*
Update 4: THE ANNOUNCEMENT
Okay, this is The Thing – this is the main reason I wanted to write this blog post!
Are you ready for the announcement?
Here it is:
Emergence has a professional editor!!!
Previously, I didn’t think I could afford a professional edit. I figured I would have to wait another year, at least, after all three rounds of beta reading were complete.
But, I really, really wanted a professional edit. And I even had a specific editor in mind: Nadine Brandes, who has two published novels, is trained as a professional editor, and seems to have an intimate understanding of my genre and audience. Also… she just seems like a really fun and sweet person. ^_^
Well, guess what?
Nadine recently offered a special editing deal (for a limited number of people) that would allow me to have Emergence edited for less than half the usual price!
And you guessed it… I jumped on it!
*cue excited author dance*
Something I should clarify: Nadine’s edit is an editorial review, not a full edit. In other words, she’ll be critiquing story, character development, and overall craftsmanship, not line-by-line word choice. I may still need to have a line edit/copyedit before Emergence goes to print.
So… what does all this mean for you?
Mainly, this impacts beta readers (and potential beta readers). The only time Nadine can do her edit is in the summer, when the second round of beta reading was previously scheduled. That round will still happen. But it will be delayed, perhaps as much as six months. Beta readers will have to wait longer, but they will get to read a tighter, more polished manuscript after Nadine’s feedback is applied, so hopefully the wait will be worth it. 🙂
As for everyone else, I’m still planning to self-publish Emergence, hopefully in late 2017. You will not be as impacted… but, you will also get a better story when it’s finished! *wink*
P.S: Another minor, random update… I think I’m going to name my fantasy series (the one that begins with Emergence) “The Nerasia Histories.” I’m not 100% decided, but I’m leaning in this direction. What do you think? Do you like the title? Dislike it?
Do you have any exciting news in your writing lives? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Now it’s your turn to brag! 😉 *hands microphone to the readers*