Essence becomes Aether

A while back, OF THE ESSENCE rights-reverted to me. I’ve been alternating between working on other projects and pondering what the best thing to do with it would be. It contained proprietary creatures and content from the HELLMAW setting, so any future action is going to require some significant changes.

Well, thanks to a handful of talented fellow authors, and a stack of very helpful reference books, I’ve found that angle. I’m currently about a third of the way through a new first draft, and excited about the way things are going. There’s a chance that you’ll be able to hold Quills’s story in your hands in the not so distant future. And then? She might have sequels. So . . . stay tuned!

Can it sell?

I’m going to be offering a new service to NaNoWriMo participants this year! If you’re writing for National Novel Writing Month, I’m offering to check your manuscript’s saleability.

Let me explain.

There’s no point to copyediting a first draft. The manuscript is going to change too much before it’s a final product ready for submission.

So…what’s helpful for first draft NaNoWriMo manuscripts? A general critique. Maybe a list of stylistic/technical/editorial issues to watch out for while you revise. And an acquisition editor’s perspective on whether your book is on the right track. Is it a publishable concept? What would make it more interesting/viable/sellable?

I’ll be offering this service at a rate of $10 per 10,000 words. I’m happy to look at a chapter, an outline, or an entire novel.

I realize there are communities for peer editing and critiquing, and I fully support the peer effort. But if you want a professional opinion, I’ll be fair, constructive, and honest.