Pre-Order Azure Lights

Sorry, no photo of the book since it's in the editing process; however, beginning today, you can pre-order a signed copy of Azure Lights through here. It's on the right side underneath my photo. The book should be out sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2013.

Beginning in two weeks, the actual full editing process begins, so I'll be working with designers and editors to make Azure Lights a better book. I'm already working on back cover information as well as the elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is usually 15  seconds - though a great deal can be said in fifteen seconds. While learning all I could about writing novels, one of the continued pieces of advice revolved around this idea: If you cannot describe your book in two or three sentences, it's not fully developed.

It is hard to boil stories down, but it is worthwhile if only to help in the editing process to decide what remains and what is cut. I'm actually dealing with this problem in another book I'm editing: what to keep and what to cut?

Here's my three sentence synopsis of Azure Lights:

Azure, Eliam and Mitch arrive at the Frankel's island home to help Eliam's grandparents - the same island at the center of Mano Leo-mana's power. Shamans and secrets threaten to destroy them even as good news arrives in the form of Azure's brothers, Brun and Yo'ash. It's easy to walk in the light - but how do you choose which light to follow as the path grows dark?


I will give you a head's up on the book: the scene where Azure's brothers arrive (Yo'ash and Brun are her triplet brothers) is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

For those of you who write - especially those who want to become novelists - continue writing and developing your ideas. I have learned that if it takes too long to explain the book then there are troubles with the book. I have books that I wrote in high school that I want to see published - honestly, they are fabulous books - yet, I cannot finish them because the stories have not solidified yet. I cannot describe the books in less than twenty sentences. Granted, the other major problem is simply too many characters. It's an epic series, I just don't know what to do with it so for now it sits peacefully somewhere on the computer while I figure out what to do with it.

Boiling down your story idea into two or three sentences seems a waste of time, after all there is so much to be told! Look at it this way - those two or three sentences creates the hook that reels the reader into the book. It's important to catch the attention not only for the reader, but the editor as well especially if you don't want to self-publish. Developing the idea fully also helps market the book - for Azure Maris, the main question is "How big is your God?" In Azure Lights, the question becomes, "Do you trust God when He lead into darkness?"

Those questions are part of the elevator pitch that leads into the summary which, in turn, leads into discussing the book with someone. The time and effort it takes to develop the idea then cut it down to the main part is worth it.

Keep writing.

Comments

  1. Is it possible to pre-order the ebook version?

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  2. I forgot to say that I so excited about the second book and I can't wait to read it. Can I ask you how you came up with the idea to write this type of book?

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  3. As for the e-book, unfortunately, you cannot order the book through here. However, if it becomes available, I will let you know.

    The concept of Azure Maris and her world came from a few different paths: the concept of being a royal priesthood and how that relates to our world; the struggle between wanting to write for the general market as well as the Christian market; my personal choice to walk by faith and to dive deeper into God's word and passion. I'm actually writing about the development process of this week, so you'll be able to see it. The honest truth is, even developing the three ideas I gave are only the tip of the process not including how and why I chose Mano Leo-mana. Sometimes, though, what the author writes works, but the editor points out a way to make it better. Case in point, Azure's brother, Hizkiyah wasn't originally a part of the book, but thanks to the editor's suggestion, I incorporated him into the book, a wise choice I realize.

    I hope that answers enough of the question about where the idea came from until I can develop it out more. In regards to fantasy/science-fiction specifically (genre as opposed to storyline), I grew up watching and reading science-fiction and fantasy therefore to explore ideas that can be touchy (modern worship for example) I prefer using those two genres to explore hot topics.

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