Today I figured I'd give everyone an update on where I am with the story.
If you haven't seen my Instagram pic, I've basically managed to shave off a little over 1,000 words so far. It's good, but I still have a long way to go, and this ties back to my previous post about killing your darlings. Today I lamented over a paragraph that I really liked, that I thought was funny and showed some good character interaction, but in the end, added nothing to the plot. Removing made the chapter flow a lot smoother and I know that the novel is better for it. Still... I liked that silly little paragraph.
I'm also building a list of publishing agents within my genre (Urban Fantasy) for my first round of submissions. I know I'm unlikely to get an agent during my first round of submissions, but if I'm lucky enough to have them explain why they reject me, I can use that info to improve the novel and submit to other agents in my second round.
I'm also working with a few of my beta readers to make sure the overall plot works out. So far I've gotten general positive reviews with a few minor critiques that I've taken to heart. My goal is to finish up this edit by the end of the month, begin sending out the first round of query letters, and put up the first three chapters for you guys to enjoy.
On that note, would anyone be interested in me posting some character profiles here on the blog? I think I can profile most of my characters without revealing spoilers about the novel (other than the fact that the main character meets them.) Let me know how you feel down in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading and don't forget to be awesome. DFTBA!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.