Productive me is Productive
I’ve been slacking on updates here recently because, well, I’ve been busy writing. I’m now solidly 30% through The Unexiled and I’m working up the intro to Part IV of Alayne’s Story. I had to go back and redo some of the intro since my guesses as to how the Shattering would happen were off a bit. At any rate, I’m confident that once I’ve leveled Geralin to 85 and run the dungeons a couple of times, I should be able to start posting Part IV. I’m currently targeting late January for that.
And, The Unexiled. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to continue sending it out. Firstly, there’s just too big a chance that someone would pass it on. I’ve been speaking with people in the publishing industry and it seems that publishers are really, really, really not keen on the idea of anyone other than the author, the agent, and themselves having copies of the files laying about. Secondly, while I love the feedback…it’s not exactly critical or useful. Yeah, I know you like the story. But what do you like? What do you dislike? What seems weak? What do you think I could do better? What should be removed?
I’ve spoken with some other writers and it seems that it’s rarely productive to ask for volunteer readers or to ask friends to review something unless you know that one of them is a professional creative copy-editor.
Still, I’m working on The Unexiled and am really hoping to get it finished up by this summer so I can try to shop it around to various agents. I’ll put the progress bar back up in a while (I’m working on redoing the graphics for it) but, for now, just know that I am working on it with the goal of getting it published.
And now, back to writing.