Friday, February 02, 2007

Annnnd It's Done!

Night Wing is complete and done! YAY!!!! Finally.

I wound up changing the ending and adding a few more nasty surprises :)

The extra work of editing through it for the nth time and honing it even finer has paid off! At least according to the final readers which is what matters to me!

Thanks guys for all your support and help. Not to mention kicking me for doing silly things in it.

So as far as this Dark Fantasy goes I'm calling it good. I'll be contacting my publisher to see if he's interested. Hopefully he will be and we can get it into your paws soon. If not it'll be sent off to find another home. Either way I'll keep you guys updated.

About the author -
Raven Bower is the author of the upcoming horror novel, Apparitions (ArcheBooks April 2007)

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Blogger M. B. Weston said...

Who are your advance readers, and how do you pick them? I find that my advance readers are the most valuable people in my writing career. I've got my token fantasy reader, my "best sellers" reader, my structural genious reader, my director friend reader, etc. What qualifications do you look for?

Fri Feb 23, 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

Oh yeah. I don't know how I'd function as a writer without my advance readers. Their input and insights are priceless.

I have four primary readers. Greg, Mark, Jas and Lora. What's great is that they all are into different aspects of fiction/writing so what one doesn't catch another usually does. They're also very helpful when it comes to plotting. So I often nab them for opinions when I'm in the plotting or character development stage.

The top two qualifications I look for is a love of the genre and trust.

No matter how well written a horror or fantasy novel is if a reader doesn't enjoy or know horror and fantasy they aren't a very good sounding board.

I have to trust someone an awful lot to let them read a manuscript or see outlines etc. I also have to trust that they are giving me their honest opinions for the good of the novel.

Attitude is another big thing I look for. They have to be able to provide constructive constructive criticism AND have the stubbornness to nicely keep asserting it if I get unreasonably stubborn about changing something that really should be changed. At the same time they have to know when to back off. Certain elements of style, word choice, plot or characterization are simply a matter of the author's voice or style and shouldn't be changed -- even if they would have written it differently. It's what makes each author different from another.

Other than those it mostly depends on what 'position' they are in.

What qualifications do you use when choosing yours?

Sat Feb 24, 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Hashy said...

I don't feel the least bit 'poor' being with you darlin! XX00

Sun Feb 25, 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

Awww...You're sweet :)

Especially saying that after all the time spent on the new web page.


Sun Feb 25, 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Well, she asked for stubborness...

And we're only happy to oblige on that >:)

Mon Feb 26, 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

hehe Mark here is the one that caught the blunder of 'switched characters' in Apparitions.

Towards the end of the novel I have the Sheriff driving the boat and somehow a chapter or two later the Sheriff suddenly became the Deputy driving the boat...

Talk about embarrassing...

Mon Feb 26, 05:40:00 PM  

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