Thursday, 31 October 2013

A New Beginning

In my previous post, I had mentioned that I was going to give self publishing a try. I spent some time thinking about what I could do to put out there on a website like Amazon to finally see my work in print. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

I was certainly feeling hesitant to put my main novel series, "Legends of Galria", out there before giving the industry a shot. I have concerns that self publishing may shoot a writer in the foot and bar them from getting professionally published. I've read plenty from established authors who say that once a book has been self published, agents have no interest in the work from that point on unless it does insanely well.

That pretty much leaves out any story from my main series, as I would like to see all seven books in one place. That means needing something new. Something fresh. Something that doesn't overlap with the Legends series and helps flesh out the world a bit more.

That's where the "Stories of Galria" comes in, which serve as side stories that may or may not accompany the main series of novels. I want them to be stand alone books so that they can function within their own self contained areas of the world without feeling committed to doing a full series or sequels.

The first of these books I want to do doesn't have anything more than a tentative title that I'm calling "Servant of Darkness". Here's the draft of the back of the book blurb:

"Stealing is easy for Dougal McMannus. Its death that's hard.

The young dwarf seeks fame and fortune. After turning his back on his homeland, he looks to the Trade Union's metropolis, Altair, where some of the richest nobles on the continent live. Dougal quickly makes a name for himself, but it doesn't last long.

Death stalks the halls of the nobles' homes, yet Dougal always seems one step ahead of it until one fateful night forces him to witness the slaughter of an entire noble line.

Together with his companion, a gnoll named Jinn, and some unlikely allies, Dougal must find the real murderer before the authorities catch him.

His moment of glory has become a whole lot more terrifying."

I know it sounds a little cheesy but honestly I struggle with this sort of thing until after 10 or 20 drafts. Let me know what you think about the idea and comment below. I'll have a preview up in the coming days as I settle into a routine to prepare for NaNoWriMo this year. I've got ~9,100 words penned and I'm shooting for 100,000. So I have plenty of writing to do. Especially if I want to be ready to publish for the new year. :)

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