Okay, I’m coming to the end, even though I’ve no idea what comes after the end. Initially, I thought that I’d finish my edits and then pull Discovery from circulation in an attempt to redirect marketing efforts toward finding an agent and perhaps getting it published in the UK. But as I’ve gone through the book again, after not reading it for years, I realize that’s probably not the primary market.
While Awakening (book 2) features a full-on dragon war, and Emprise (book 3) even have dragons leaking into the modern world, in Discovery, the dragons were more incidental. Most of the book takes place in the world of dreams, but I’m not familiar enough with the UK market to know if I could make a go of it based solely on that. After all, would the idea of Ku Klux Klowns play across the pond? Who knows? Well, I suppose the demon klown nuns might be well accepted. 🙂
In any case, I’m on chapter 36 of this 46 chapter book, and by my reckoning, that puts me at 76% done. Just in time too. I am seriously missing Jeanne Camille Dark and her partner, Foster Lee Cain. (Characters need middle names, just like they need favorite foods, even if you never write them in the book.) Being more writer than marketer, I am anxious to put Discovery to bed so I can get back to writing. I promise, Jeanne Dark will be done by the end of summer.
Of course, that’s just another step in the process. Then comes Letting it Sit, Preliminary Edits, Beta Readers, Second Edit, Formal Editing, and Submission. While I’m doing that, I’ll be chasing down an agent for The Brooklyn Trace, which I feel is infinitely more marketable than my previous books. Then I can get Dark out there and kick some ass.
But first, editing.