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The first book that I completed was actually not the first that I published. (I also have another that was lost to time that never got past the three-quarter mark--we don't speak of it ;)).
My first completed book was the original version of Essence of Chaos. It was MASSIVE, weighing in at over 650 pages.
I loved writing it. I loved the characters, the story, everything. Once it had gone through some edits, I tried submitting to agents--this was in the dark days before self-publishing became a thing.
Got requests for the full a few times, good feedback, but always a pass (yeah, size did come up a few times--it was called a door-stopper.).
I finally put it aside, as I wasn't ready to re-write the entire thing, and started a few new 'first-in-series' books. (Including The Glass Gargoyle-- which just celebrated eight years out last month!)
After getting a few new books published, I started taking apart Essence of Chaos. It lost over 200 pages (to be fair, I had chopped out about 75 before the re-write) and was much stronger.
After a false start with a cover artist, I found new ones and LOVE my covers. Essence of Chaos came out in 2021, the second, Division of Chaos in 2022, and the final in the trilogy, Destruction of Chaos, comes out this summer.
This book means a lot to me, and will always have a very special place in my heart. I'd envisioned a traditional book career when I started it, but now am extremely happy with my indie career and getting my stories out my way (with a LOT of professional help ;)).
What was your first book?
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I like that you went back to your first completed book eventually. And made a trilogy out of it! Best of luck with the upcoming release.ReplyDelete
Thank you on both counts! :) No matter how many books get out there, they always cause stress! LOL!Delete
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It's encouraging to see you went back to your first and could publish it!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yeah, it was really a "do what needs to be done to make it work" moment. I'm glad I waited until I had a few more books under my belt before I did it.Delete
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I remember those days attending RT with you and Renee. If I remember, you both did a couple of interviews there. Ah, the good old days...ReplyDelete
Yup!! The one in Florida was my first "doorstopper" comment from an agent! I miss RT--it was fun. Thank you for coming by with the memories!Delete
I remember those dark days before self-publishing was a thing. I don't miss them in that respect. I'm so thankful for internet!ReplyDelete
SOooooo true!!! Thanks for coming by!Delete
You got it out there and on your terms - that is a big win.ReplyDelete
Thank you!! It felt really good when I finally got it out there. That past me was doing some happy dancing for sure! Thank you for coming by!Delete
I love that this ends with HOPE! Like, it was hard at first, but it really did get BETTER! That's awesome.ReplyDelete
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I'm glad you found a process/career that works for you and got to revisit that old story to publish!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It's all trial and error-- and a lot of pivoting ;). Thanks for coming by!Delete
Your covers are fantastic. I can fully appreciate the challenge to find the artist that recognizes the essence of the story and reflects it in the cover.ReplyDelete
Lynn La Vita
Thank you! I have really found some amazing cover artists-- and they are so valuable to my books! Thanks for coming by!Delete
Door stopper? LOL Yet you found a way to use the idea. Great.ReplyDelete
Yes!!! I still remember speaking to an agent at RT convention in Florida-- she was interested and wanted to see it, but she did have hesitation about the "door stopper"! Thank you for coming by!Delete
Like you, my first drafts tend to be "doorstoppers" lol. I always have to edit down. But I tend to keep scenes and chapters that were removed in case they can find a home in a sequel or prequel.ReplyDelete
Way to go, Marie! You have amazing covers. And you remained in charge of it. Bravo!ReplyDelete