Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Publishing Process

The publishing process is long and hard, but I'm hanging in there. I'm not going to give up until I see this novel in bookstores.

It took me a total of three months to write DARK GUARDIAN. The rest of the time has been spent doing rewrites and trying to get it published. I have been working on this novel for two years in December. It maybe a long and hard process, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. The story has grown so much from when I first started writing it. My plot has become more complicated, my characters have grown, and I have learned and grown myself.

In case you aren't familiar with the publishing process, there are two routes an author can take. There is self-publishing and going through a publisher. Self-publishing is the quickest way, but it is a lot of work just to promote your novel. It takes a lot of time and not to mention a lot of money. Printing books isn't cheep.

You might say, well why don't you just get a publisher. That is not as easy as it sounds. An author has two ways to go about this. Some publishers allow authors to sent in their manuscripts, but sometime the manuscript can sit on a shelf for years without being read.

The second way is to go through an agent. That might sound easy as well but trust me, it isn't. In order to find an agent, you have to first query them but they get thousands of those a day. If the agent is interested in your work they may ask for the first fifty pages or the whole manuscript. It is hard to get passed the query letter but once you have it isn't a walk in the park from there. When an agent receives the manuscript they have to read it and decide if this is something they are interested in supporting. If they agreed to support your work, it is now up to them to find a publisher. They have to search for a publisher who is interest in the kind of novel you have and then they have to present it to them.

Don't ask what happens after the publisher accepts a novel because I am not so sure how everything works after that. Obviously they publish it, but I'm not sure the details.

Bottom line: nothing about the publishing process is easy but it is definitely worth it.

Where am I in this long process? I'm still trying to find an agent. I have gotten past the query letter once. The agent read my manuscript and gave me good feedback. Unfortunately, she passed on it. She said I have a great story, but that she felt like she wasn't the right agent for my novel. Oh well, I hope to find an agent soon. Right now, I have three different agents that I met at a conference that are interested in my work. I hope to hear back from them soon.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Spread The Word

Here is a quick update:

I am trying really hard to promote my novel, DARK GUARDIAN. This blog is one of the many ways, and another is my trailer on youtube. If you know anyone who would be interest in a new vampire novel point them in this direction. I would like to build up some hype before the novel is published.

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Vampires

Vampires are probably one of the most fascinating mythical creatures in the world. Why are they so fascinating? That question has been asked many times by many people. Being a vampire lover, I have asked this same question to myself. Many people answer that it is because they are mysterious, dangerous, and sexy. That maybe be true, but I say who cares. All I know is that I love them. Isn't that enough?

Have you ever done a google search on vampire legends? The information that comes up is very interesting. Most of the legends cultures believe similar stories, and some of them seem really dumb. It seems that the creatures we think of as vampires came from the image Bram Stoker created with Dracula. In resent years that myth has been changed and morphed anywhere from L.J. Smith's Stefan Salvatore to Stephenie Meyer's Edward Cullen.

(Before I continue, I want to say that I mean no offense to authors of vampire novels. I love you guys! You are awesome for writing about such fascinating creatures. I love all of your books. You are the one who inspired me to start writing.)

The vampire myth is powerful and fun to play with, but there are two things that you cannot change. You cannot change the fact that they live forever and that they need blood to survive. If you change those things, you cannot call your creature a vampire. Personally, I believe vampires need to have fangs. To me that is apart of their appeal. Also I love their inner struggle. That was fun and interesting to write, which leads me to my vampires.

I won't take to much time talking about my vampires because I want you to read about them. I have created breeds of vampire in my novel. The two main ones are Viridis vampires and Malus vampires.  The Viridis are mostly painted as the good vampires and the Malus as the bad vampires, but that is not really true. It all depends on the vampire's goals and beliefs. Most of my vampires feed off humans, but does that make them bad? I don't think so. The ones who drink from humans are following their instincts and it is natural to them. The two breeds of vampire used to live in harmony but were always uneasy with each other. Ever since the Verus Lamia Clan (a powerful group of Malus vampires) was created, the vampires have not been at peace.


(Btw: I chose Edward and Stefan because they are very well know vampires, especially to people who haven't read that many vampire novels.)


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