What’s happening with Memories of Prophecies?
Hope everyone had a nice Halloween. It was quiet in my parts, which was good, and I’ll stop right there because I don’t want to rant about Covid. I’m going to move on to an update on my writing. I’m officially done with the first draft of book 2, Memories of Prophecies, and I’m feeling better about the book, which is a good thing because for a while, I was having serious doubts.
I’ve said I’m shooting for a release date to be in the latter part of the first quarter of 2021, and that’s still the aim. Right now, I’m on schedule, but I’m also too close to the book. I need outside, critical eyes, people who will tell me where the book falls flat or whether the story and plot are disappointing.
Thankfully, I have two editors who’ll start that process. I’ll send the book to one editor in December, make revisions, and send it to the other editor in January. More revisions will follow, and then it goes to the alpha readers. The world’s toughest alpha reader, my sister, will be reading it then. Another polishing, and then the beta readers get it. A final grammar check, and then it should be ready to release.
That’s the plan, and we’ll see if the book is good enough to skate through without needing huge changes to the story, plot, and characterizations. If it doesn’t, I’ll be thrilled, but I’m also not willing to release something I don’t feel is worthy. Which means I really want some useful criticism, and oddly enough, I’m looking forward to it.
Less thrilling in all this is how difficult it has become to keep track of all the world-building. It isn’t just this series and world, but since all my books are intertwined, I have to constantly refer back to the Castes and William Wilde to make sure I don’t contradict myself. That isn’t easy, and I can understand why Robert Jordan hired people to check continuity for him with the Wheel of Time. The current series, Instrument of Omens, won’t come close to the length of Wheel of Time, but the entirety of the Anchored Worlds saga likely will. After all, there are two more realms and two other timelines to explore. Yikes!
Anyway, that’s where things stand right now.
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