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I have been working on a YA fantasy – this is the blurb…please let me know what you think? Is it enticing enough for you to want to read it?
An unwitting pawn in a witch’s vengeful plan, Guillem recites a tale, which will unleash the witch, Malgraf and her bestial offspring resulting in havoc and murder. Can Guillem be stopped in time? Can a mysterious old woman and her daughter protect the kingdom?
Guillem had worried if his tried and tested tales would be worthy of the King’s court. As he succumbed to sleep an image of his earlier campfire appeared. He remembered looking deep into the firelight, his eyes transfixed by the flickering orange flames, but while semi conscious, he recalled that they had turned blue in hue taking him to a far away land. The blue flames rose up, twisting and forming into images of a witch and a horrendous beast. Strange and bewitching but a marvelous tale had been revealed to him that night, he felt sure would delight his majesty.
Thank you in anticipation…
So I have revised the revision (good grief!)– let me know if this is better – thank you all for commenting it is truly appreciated.
Initially unaware he is the unwitting pawn in a vengeful witch’s plan to be released from her entrapment. The famed troubadour Guillem attends the king’s court to recite a marvelous tale. His suspicions are raised by a strange servant’s actions. With the help of a wizened old woman and her beautiful grand-daughter, Guillem outwits the witch, Malgraf and her bestial offspring, to save the kingdom from murder and mayhem but then finds himself part of a ritual for life everlasting with the entrancing and mysterious Juliana, who captures his mind and body like no other.
I have jumped out of my comfort zone recently to learn a new skill, that of formatting for an e-book. It is quite different from the ‘norm’ of formatting a manuscript with chapters beginning on a new page, returns and tabs in abundance to get the look just right and those little personal quips to individualize the story. The e-book regime is extremely strict – no tabs or returns allowed as these ‘make’ an extra blank page , which would be very off putting, at the very least, to a reader. You can indent or make ‘block’ paragraphs but no clever dual indents or spacing. Each move must be performed using the header tools even centering your headings – so all in all a more precise method, which has had me concentrating like a new kid in school. The manuscript runs continually regardless of chapters so you are likely to see chapter headings at any point of a page – which is strange and somewhat difficult to adjust to. The download must have a title and copyright page at the start, a dedication can then be inserted and then it’s straight into the story. To end the story you insert three # and that’s it. The last thing to be inserted is your contact details.
I must acknowledge that this point that this is no DIY project – I have an expert friend guiding me and without her help I’m quite sure I would make a right dog’s breakfast of it. Thank you, Linda.
In a week or so I hope to have the text perfect but in the meantime I am working on a cover for my YA fiction fantasy – The Rython Kingdom. It has to be eye catching and reflect something of the story but most of all it has to make readers want to purchase it. A tall order by anyone’s standard but one I am willing to persevere through numerous designs until I find perfection.
Have you dived into e-books? Do you have any tips or tricks you are willing to share? What was the hardest part for you?
Rumble and I attended another successful author reading on the 7th March. Our gracious hosts – Second Cup in Summerwood, Sherwood Park. My little monster was on his best behaviour and was the center of attention, of course. The microphone before me and relating Rumble’s story, I realised how far I have come in my writing life. Even as little as four years ago I would not have believed anyone if they had told me what my future would hold. Writing is such a integral part of my life now that a day without a word either written or read has my equilibrum off balance. It has become a physical need, an essential piece of my daily life as much, if not more, than food and drink.
Are you similarly obsessed?
I had to share my exciting news. As of Tuesday 28th June 2011, I am signed to Dream Write Publishing (www.dreamwritepublishing.ca) for my children’s book – Rumble’s First Scare. Wheels are in motion for the illustrations, promotional events and media coverage.
For any of you already published you know the absolute joy your first contract gave you and can share with me. To those of you still waiting for that leap into the publishing world, I wish you all the very best and encourage you to take a peak at the Dream Write web site.
Watch this space for developments and details of my book launch.