This blog was specifically created to document my journey on getting my book published. So, I guess I need to actually document it.
My low fantasy story was started back in March 2011. It was an idea that came to me of creating a story that had all the things I liked in it: music, farming, sword fighting, adventure. The main character was originally to be a female, but after writing the first chapter, a female role just didn’t work.
Just to divulge a little–the main character, Blake Anderson, is a famous singer and decides to take a career break for a senior year in high school. His abusive stepfather violently protests, landing Blake in the hospital. He eventually makes it out to his grandparent’s farm so he can go to school. There he meets Baynye (pronounced Bay-nĪ) Rose. She ends up taking him to another world (somewhat like Narnia) called Beta Gaia (pronounced GĪə – or “guy-ia”). Blake is thrown into a civil war with the Shadow Foxes who are fighting against the tyrant leader of the Gein (pronounced jen) to free the suppressed and starved people. However, Blake’s world is twisted when he meets the leader of the Shadow Foxes and recognizes that he has the same face as Blake’s father who died long before he was born. The same man who his mother still grieved over. Blake goes into denial, but when his father is captured by the Gein, he’s faced with the choice to rescue his father from the heart of the Gein camp, or if he is to give into the self-doubt his stepfather left behind, causing him to ignore the other world altogether and risk losing the father he had just got. The story has glimpses of the music industry, high school, sword fighting, traveling between worlds, humor, a love interest, and more
Anyway, so that’s the story. It’s part of a series that I’ve been working on over the years. Book two’s rough draft is finished and book three has been started.
A little over two weeks ago, I went to the Kentucky Writing Workshop conference in Louisville, KY. (It was an amazing experience. I highly recommended attending a writer’s conference if you can afford it. It was an eye opener for me personally.) There I was able to pitch my story to an agent. They were pretty excited about it and a little over a week ago, I submitted the first 50s pages, author bio, and synopsis to the agency. There has been no word as of yesterday from them, but there is an average of 6 to 8 weeks for the industry standard in responding. In the meantime, I’ve been working hard at cleaning my book up from all that I learned at the conference. If this agency decides to pass, then I’ll have everything ready for the next ones. Being rejected is a badge of honor that most writers experience, but at the same time, I’m still hopeful.
L. R. Mauck