Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Publishing: Setting myself up for rejection

Hello all!
Oh man, where to begin.... :P

can relate in this moment

Context in case you are confused: I just submitted my premise for my his-fic novel to the Book Doctors in order to have it evaluated and -squeak- it was nerve-wracking. My hands are still shaking a bit. XD

In case you didn't know, NaNoWriMo has a collaboration with the Book Doctors to get manuscripts into the hands of publishers when NaNo writers want to promote their work.

I highly recommend you check it out: Pitchapalooza. :)
If you are an author, it ends Feb 28th (I know, I'm sorry I posted about it so late.), but they are open to submissions until then, so if you want to get your premise out there, here is a chance. 

Now to the subject -motions to title-, why I did this.
Simply put: I wanted to take the next step in my dream of becoming published, and I decided to start by getting used to rejection.

I'm not saying that anyone should just toss their writing out there like 'lol, I don't care, there is no chance' I'm saying that I'm going to get rejected. :P

As a writer pursuing publishing, it's going to be inevitable.
I dread the day that I will get my first rejection letter, just because I don't know if I will be ready to take it well.

So hence, I just submitted my premise (literally, just a few minutes ago), and I'm nervous as heck. XD -send halp-
There is a chance my premise will get into the top 20, mayyyybee. If not, then I will work on my premise and book some more, and get better from it.

Exhibit A: me throwing goats at my issues
That didn't really make any sense did it?

So...that was a bit of a rant. XD
(Also pro tip from a not-pro: listen to The Greatest Showman while writing the premise. Works wonders. :D) 

Also, the completed premise that I worked up (250 words in the maximum) is at the end of this post, and I think I did an ok job. :P Feel free to comment on it, or point out any spelling errors.
And let me know if you plan on writing a premise for this! I'd love to talk about it. :D

Pirate Hunter premise (yay)

In the early dawn of the 1700s, Benjamin Terrell finds himself in a twisted nightmare of an adventure: abduction by the pirates his father has been chasing for years. The Scarlet Company was a roguish band of corsairs, pirates, and buccaneers that only had existed in Benjamin’s imagination until now. When a new crew member aboard Ben’s English merchant brig is found to be a boy with a strange collar and even stranger intentions, Ben has to decide between two maxims of what he holds right, trust or justice.

Forced aboard the vessel of his enemies, he confronts an alluring lady Captain with secrets to hide, and a debonair Privateer who is out for blood -it doesn’t matter whose blood it is. Unable to rely on anyone but himself, Benjamin seeks freedom in any way he can obtain it, even if it means turning into the throat-slitting, backstabbing pirates his father taught him to hate.

When two worlds clash, will Benjamin be able to follow his duty to his father and country, or will he be bound to the pirates that he needs in order to keep his crew alive?

Set in the period of wars, cruelty, and gunpowder, ‘Pirate Hunter’ brings to life the brutally honest world of the golden age of piracy with wrenching action, intrigue, and the other side of history that is both gentile and merciless.  

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you all have a great rest of your month!!!
Keep Smiling! -Saphira :)

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Books to be read!

Hey all, just a quick post today!
I've been brushing up on my reading recently, and I've set my goal on Goodreads reading goal to 30 books this year.

Here is a list of some of my more highly anticipated reads!

  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (Ugh, the cover is so beautiful, and the premise sounds amazing!) 
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (been on my TBR for a bit. Its the first book in a series in DC comics along with Batman: Nightwalker, and Catwoman: Soulstealer. I don't know if there are more planned, but all of them are on my TBR list! :D) 
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (This one looked super interesting!)
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (released this year I believe, and I love the story pitch.)
  • King's Blood by Jill Williamson (I have read the first book, and this is the second in the series, so I want to finish it before the third comes out. XP)
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (I loved the first book, and I am looking forward to reading the second and third!) 
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (I got this one in my OwlCrate subscription box, and it looks so neat!)
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano (The cover is pretty, and the premise sounds very promising. :D) 

Any of these books on your reading list for this year? Let me know, I'd love to hear some of your recommendations as well if you have them. :D 

Hope you all have a great rest of your month! 
Keep smiling. :) -Saphira