So, if any of you guys remember the blog schedule I wrote up last month, you’ll see that I’m already off track. I know. *sighs* I’ve given up. Kind of. I have the caption challenges on Monday, some steady posts on Wednesday (like the serial story, New Fantasy Times, and articles on publication and Christian writers), and wip and such posts on weekends. Anyway, a pattern might emerge eventually. But…yes, that’s where I’m at in blogging.
Now onto the main purpose of this post. I’m opening up Fidelyon to a select number of beta-readers! You might have read bits about it in the A-Z list Ethaniel is going through. And, finally, I’ve written up a teaser for the book:
Ancient sign, bitter fate,
Scar and oath and quest
Revealing name, brought to light
Power from destroyer wrest.
Ethaniel knows the first stanza of the well-known prophecy by heart. What else could he expect with it repeated in nightmares year after year? As an orphan, with no family name in a land where the exploits of ancestors are as important as a man’s own actions, Ethaniel longs for a chance – any chance, to prove himself.
When a grueling messenger run brings him before the king of Elentisa, a quest Ethaniel never imagined offers him that chance. An oath to the king and an assassination attempt later, the messenger finds himself fleeing through a pathless forest.
Alongside Jagger, a jester’s apprentice from the palace, Ethaniel follows ancient riddles through some of Elentisa’s most treacherous terrain in search of a weapon concealed by the Prince. A shield, the finding of which heralds the end of the age and points to the deliverer who can save Elentisa from her greatest danger. Ethaniel’s duty to his nation and friends is clear. Besides, what else could earn him a name of such honor as the task of finding the shield?
But it doesn’t take long before Ethaniel discovers the greatest dangers are not those he faces on his quest. Deeply laid plots and treachery run further into his misty past than he ever dreamed. The name he is given appears nearly impossible to live up to, no matter what he sacrifices. Prophecies, blackened by his own mistakes, weigh down on his mind. And the promise of the nameless shield he carries hovers just out of reach – the promise of the word, emblazoned across the muted metal.
The promise of Fidelyon
Now, onto beta-reading. Here is how it (hopefully) will work
1. Signups will be open for a week (I’ll close them Sunday, September 18th)
2. On Monday, I’ll send out the first part of Fidelyon. The novel is around 150,000 words and is divided into five parts. I’ll be sending it out part by part…you have to deliver the previous part before getting the next one. Unless I’m feeling merciful. *evil laugh* Don’t count on it. I’m working through corrections of my own which will be done by the end of September, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with you.
3. I’m dividing beta reading into two parts. At least that is the plan. The first wave will focus on the plot, theme, and characters. The second wave will focus on grammar, spelling, and can also give me overview type comments on particular spots which I’ll have heard about and strengthened from the first wave. You can choose whichever wave you think you fit best. (and, just because you sign up to deal with grammar, that doesn’t mean you can’t comment on the plot too, and visa versa.) Here’s the deal…if you are part of the first wave, it would be nice if you could get me each part back 2-3 weeks after receiving it so that I can incorporate your corrections and send it off to the next batch. And if you’re in the second wave, you won’t get the first part until the beginning of October, but you will have a more relaxed schedule to beta-read. That being said, it would be nice to get all the corrections back by the end of the year if possible.
4. *takes deep breath* So…after having said all of that, this is the first time I’ve tried to organize beta reading this way, and if you think you’ll take longer or something in this schedule doesn’t fit what you are able to do but you still want to beta-read Fidelyon – well, you probably still can. There’s a place in the form below to detail what you need.
5. Andddddd, I think that’s it! Sign-up if you are interested in beta-reading Fidelyon. I’ll send out an email next Monday or Tuesday to everyone chosen to beta-read Fidelyon and we’ll go from there.