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Who wants to read a good book?

NonnahswriterNonnahswriter Member Posts: 2,520
Hello all. :)

My name is Nonnahswriter. A lot of you know me for my silly comments and Firefly memes and my vague hint-dropping of a Baldur's Gate fanfic I've been writing for what seems like forever (which I will get back to, eventually). As many of you might have already guessed by now, I am a writer. I like writing novels, drafting timelines, interviewing characters, building lore... You know, the same stuff that has helped create the wonderful story of Baldur's Gate, and so many others.

During November, and throughout much of December, I wrote a novel. It's gone through one round of revision since then, but if I want to get it published and start building a career, I need some help. I need readers, lots of them who are willing to tell me honestly where my book works and where it does not.

This is the first forum that I've been consistently active on in many years; you guys are awesome, wonderful, intelligent people, and I can think of no place better to garner much-needed feedback from a wide array of voices. Keep in mind, though, that I know some of you better than others, and I withhold the right to not share with whoever asks. I know: this is the Internet. This is also my book we're talking about, countless hours spent crafting words out of blood, sweat, and tears. Caution is necessary.

Here's a little about the book to persuade help you decide:

Our hero is Scar, a grim reaper who's sold his soul in service of the death goddess. The job comes with a few perks--immortality, power, and in Scar's case, bed-sharing privileges with the goddess herself. A fair deal...except for his eternal slavery in the Deathlands, and the not-so-pleasant rule that if Scar disobeys his Mistress, he'll be incinerated. Yet everything changes when Scar's given a bizarre new task: to observe a young girl trapped in a tower, and report anything strange. A simple job, far too menial for his liking; never does Scar expect to like the girl, or become her friend. And if he wants to protect her, Scar must turn against everything that has chained him down to Deathlands. A choice that could cost not only his new friend's life, but also his own.

So I ask again: who wants to read a good book? If you're interested, send me a PM. Feel free to ask questions in the comments if you have them!

And, of course, thank you. :)

rufus_hobartelminsterbooinyoureyesHeindrichCrevsDaak[Deleted User]TeflonNecomancer

Comments

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 6,456
    Well, the question on everyone's mind is: how many pages?

    BTW, and I'm not an expert, but sharing your book under secrecy is far worse regarding your IPR than sharing openly. If you publish (meaning make it public) your book online and with your own name, then that's that. However, if you share to people online and one of them publishes it before you do, good luck proving it was originally yours.

    P.S. Sorry, your title made me think of this

    Heindrich[Deleted User]Teflon
  • NonnahswriterNonnahswriter Member Posts: 2,520
    I'm aware of the risks. I was nervous to even post this, to be honest. But my real-life friends have been less than responsive, and I want to work with more than one person. I also live in a very isolated area, so joining a writer's group is next to impossible.

    As for length, I probably should have mentioned that. ^_^;; 104k words right now. Subject to change as I continue working on it. So no, probably not for the faint of heart.

  • BlackravenBlackraven Member Posts: 3,277
    Hey first of all congratulations with pursuing your passion and also with producing 104k words in merely two months! That's amazing..



    So I ask again: who wants to read a good book?

    I also dig your confidence about your own work. :D

    What kind of feedback are you after? Anything? Style? Content? Grammar? And what timeframe would you have in mind for this feedback?

    NonnahswriterHeindrich
  • meaglothmeagloth Member Posts: 3,806


    As for length, I probably should have mentioned that. ^_^;; 104k words right now. Subject to change as I continue working on it. So no, probably not for the faint of heart.

    Pssshhhhh... That nothin, War and Peace had 544,000 words, and that's a small book, compared to the size of most stone tablets.

    rufus_hobartNonnahswriterbooinyoureyesCrevsDaak
  • NonnahswriterNonnahswriter Member Posts: 2,520

    Hey first of all congratulations with pursuing your passion and also with producing 104k words in merely two months! That's amazing..



    So I ask again: who wants to read a good book?

    I also dig your confidence about your own work. :D

    What kind of feedback are you after? Anything? Style? Content? Grammar? And what timeframe would you have in mind for this feedback?
    Thank you for your kind words. :)

    For feedback I'm looking for mostly big-picture stuff. Characterization, story arcs, plot holes, that sort of thing. I have a critique partner and a couple editing friends who like to nit-pick the small stuff, so I'm pretty confident leaving that to them. Any critique on style and grammar is always welcome too, though my style's pretty set-in-place at this point. I'd like to know if I stay consistent throughout the script. (Of course, I already think I do, but I wrote the darn thing!)

    As for timeframe, I'm actually going to be on vacation in the first week of April. I think by the end of April would be a good enough deadline for those interested. But hey, there's no reason you can't reply any sooner than that; I just don't want to be pushy. ^_^;;

  • booinyoureyesbooinyoureyes Member Posts: 6,162
    Hey Nonnah! I'm taking six months off from school so I may have time to read it. I would love to help out with an honest assessment!
    However, I also want to urge caution when it comes to sharing your work. If it is your first work and you are looking more for the experience than the final product, then all should be fine. However, it is important to be safe when it comes to intellectual property.

    My father actually just got a publisher two months ago for a book he has been working on for over a decade (it is non-fiction). He had to be very careful in selecting publishers and had some unfortunate experiences with an editor releasing a draft on a website. Nothing happened, but the danger is there. Just a word of caution.

    However you can totally trust me :)

    Heindrich[Deleted User]Nonnahswriter
  • HeindrichHeindrich Member, Moderator Posts: 2,959
    Firstly, huge props for sticking with your passion and making something out of it. Regardless of whether this novel takes off commercially, you should be proud of your efforts.

    I'd like to re-iterate what others have said about sharing your work unofficially with strangers off the internet, no matter how friendly they appear.

    I have had ambitions of writing myself for years, and I've worked quite hard on background and character development, but haven't done much writing thus far. I faced a similar dilemma to you in that I wanted to share what work I did so I could get feedback, which I know is going to be crucial cos a novice will always make "schoolboy errors". However I didn't want my brainchild stolen or ripped off if I just posted it on a forum.

    My intention now is to write a short story or two set in the same universe/setting as my main story, perhaps prequels or stories focusing on some of the minor characters in my main story. I plan to share those on Authonomy, primarily to receive feedback and to learn the basics of writing a novel before I try to commit the main project to paper.

    [Deleted User]BlackravenNonnahswriterlolien
  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 6,456
    I'd be happy to read it in the summer, after exams are over.

  • CrevsDaakCrevsDaak Member Posts: 7,145
    I'd like a lot to read a book and give feedback to the author herself, I don't have much time but I can still read a little each day. I'm certainly interested. Also, I thought that it was a thread recommending books :P still I encourage this idea much more than just recommending books.

    Nonnahswriter
  • meaglothmeagloth Member Posts: 3,806
    Is this your first book? If you written any others I'm sure everyone would like to have an example of your style, that sort of thing.

  • NonnahswriterNonnahswriter Member Posts: 2,520
    meagloth said:

    Is this your first book? If you written any others I'm sure everyone would like to have an example of your style, that sort of thing.

    It's not my first. None of my work is published, but I've been writing since middle school, so... Let's just say I have many abused journals in my bedroom.

    If you'd like a taste of my style, you can visit my fanfiction.net account and read a bit of the fanfic I posted there. It's not as well-polished as what I wish to share here, mostly because I haven't dedicated hours on end revising and cleaning up. ^_^;; But it's a good enough base. Here's a link to the story: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8984482/1/Baldur-s-Gate-A-Novelization

    (Not a blatant attempt to advertise myself. No ma'am. >.>;; )

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 6,456
    Ouch, first thing I see is a misspelled Nietzsche.

    The writing seems nice enough.

    Nonnahswriter
  • NonnahswriterNonnahswriter Member Posts: 2,520

    Ouch, first thing I see is a misspelled Nietzsche.

    The writing seems nice enough.

    Note to self: update fanfic to fix stray typos.

    CrevsDaak
  • TeflonTeflon Member, Translator (NDA) Posts: 517
    How can I PM you?
    I am interested since grim reaper plot setting, does he carries scythe? :)

  • JalilyJalily Member Posts: 4,681
    @Teflon You can PM someone by clicking on their username and then the "Message" button in the top-right corner of their profile.

    Teflon
  • TeflonTeflon Member, Translator (NDA) Posts: 517
    Jalily said:

    @Teflon You can PM someone by clicking on their username and then the "Message" button in the top-right corner of their profile.

    Thank you!

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