An ‘I, Roland’ update

Done, done and maybe in need of some light dusting.

I completed the latest and what I am hoping to be the final edit of my novel – I, Roland – this week.

In my excitement I even created a simple but charming book cover and converted it into ebook format. It just feels so much cooler to see it on the kindle with embedded cover art.

I’ve commenced the next step by reaching out to a couple of literary agents. I’m being selective as I’m fully open to going down the self-published route but want to at least see if the tree bears fruit.

The hardest part now is to be patient. As soon as I finished I was desperate to send it out or shout about it to anyone who’d listen. But, in reality, it’s going to be a long road ahead. Even if I do self-publish in the short term, I’ll need to be chasing down every media outlet I can, hunt for reviews and exposure.

Either way, it’s exciting times ahead 🙂

 

 

 

Essence of Madness

That is the title of my fantasy series, and it is certainly living up to the name. Yesterday I spent several hours trying to plan a rough outline of the entire series, only once again I had an idea which completely shifted my current direction.

I have been working on this story for 10 years now, watching it constantly evolve as I have. It has meant that I have had to leave entire storylines behind as they became obsolete. Even scrapping the first 100,000 words in favour of a complete rewrite.

For me, writing fantasy was the next logical step to reading it. After indulging in the escapism that other authors would provide I would fantasise about what would happen next, imagine alternative endings or how I might have done something differently. And, in the beginning, my story was just a means of a more in-depth escapism, complete control of my own characters, my own world. That was why it wasn’t a great story, mostly I was merging experiences from my favourite books and generally achieving nothing more than a cliched hero’s adventure. Recently however I have realised just how flooded the market genre of fantasy is, science fiction too, and in such a market I can’t just write what makes me feel good. Instead I have to push myself.

That is why this series is still evolving and why it is so hard to pin down; it is the culmination of all my aspirations and it is a journal of sorts of my writing journey.

I hope to have the first book completed this year but it’ll require numerous edits before it’ll truly be ready.

I suppose I should stop procrastinating by writing this blah blah blog and get on with it…