PitchWars Update: November 2, 2017

I can’t believe I used to update my writing every day, for over six months even. Sheesh, that’s ridiculous.

Anyway, I busted my ass doing revisions on KINGDOM, now called IN THE SHADOW OF THE CAULDRON. You can see the agent showcase of it here. I think Hayley (@hayley_stone on Twitter) and I did great work on the pitch and the manuscript. Let me take a second to say how much Hayley did to help transform this novel.

She took what was, basically, a fucked up if nicely twisted story and slapped me around until I worked it into something that could be called “crafted”. Whether or not a reader enjoys it is, in the end, their preference. But, the damn thing has been revised with an eye toward craft, voice, and emotional resonance. I can’t say enough about her editor’s eye and her blunt directives. She was the perfect foil for my stubbornness and independent streak.

So now we see what comes next. Maybe some agents will take an interest in the showcase, maybe I will cold query.  Maybe I will get a publishing deal.  No matter, I will move on to the next phase and the next book.

I have ideas rambling in my head: the adult fairy tale about a man and his baby daughter at the end of the world; or, the fantasy thriller about the first female Navy SEAL now working for a tech company sent to an Arctic lab that’s gone silent; or a literary crime thriller retelling of the birth of the Minotaur set in the Philly underworld. I want to wait until early 2018 to get through this phase and start fresh.

Publishing a book would be nice. Or not. I’m just really excited to start writing again. Thanks to this process, and to Hayley, and to PitchWars, I’m a (much) better writer, and I can’t wait to dig into something new.


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