For today’s blog post, I wanted to give some updates on the first Ravanguard novella, “Dim the Veil”, which will act as the launch vehicle for the series and where I’m at in the process moving forward. Some developments over the past week are worth sharing and I feel like the more I talk about it, the more you all will be intrigued to read it once it’s released.
First, I recently reached out to a professional editor and inquired about their services. Through some dialogue, I was able to get an idea of what to expect by a sample edit of the first two pages of the novella and I absolutely loved the feedback from the editor. Their expertise was so impressive that I now know I need to get the novella professionally edited before I release it. There’s a level of scrutiny involved that I miss despite being a writer and one that I cannot expect from my beta readers (whom I absolutely appreciate in every regard and love getting feedback from). That’s not a knock but professional editors look for specifics when it comes to sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, narrative consistency, etc. While a writer does so with a pen, an editor commits to their craft with a blade. Ink and blood (how’s that for an image?).
Due to the cost of such services, this could potentially push my plan to release the novella later than anticipated. My plan was to shoot for a summer release but in all reality, I could be looking at a fall/winter release. I am okay with this because I want the novella and anything I put out there for purchase to be the best it can be. So, expect updates on this process in the near future. It’s not cheap, which means I’ll be setting money aside every month until I have enough to take this big leap. However, I may consider starting a gofundme option but only if I can assure anyone who donates that they will receive some free gifts (I’ll explore this a little bit more and hopefully I can make this an option).
Update number two! I met with my friend who has offered to create a cover for “Dim the Veil” as part of a school project. We had a great sit down and he was able to provide a rough mock up of the cover while we met and I’m excited to see what he creates! That old adage of “you don’t judge a book by its cover” is long dead. We absolutely judge the quality of a book by what we see. I do this every time I go into a bookstore. Eye appeal draws the potential reader in and I want to have the best cover possible.
We are working to create something subtle in design (this is my preference) that captures the essence of the main character and his affiliation to the Ravanguard. I wonder now if I can come up with something “art” related to offer if I do in fact pursue a gofundme for the professional edit. Show of hands, who would like me to do this? In fact, let’s make that the CTA for today’s post.
Call to Action: Who would like me to pursue a gofundme page to get the novella professionally edited? Those who donate would absolutely be given a free download of the novella when it’s released. Maybe…even the Prologue to Book 1 as a bonus? Hmmm, intriguing to say the least. Let me know by commenting!