After working on the stupid thing for over a year now, I’ve finally finished and submitted my YA fantasy novel, Dreams of Fire and Gods: Awakening (formerly known as The Guardians Awaken). It was one of those novels that just kept getting more complex as I wrote it, so even after I told my publisher that it was ready to go, once I finished up a couple little things…it took four more weeks.
Don’t ever do this. I’m lucky that my publisher is understanding.
The biggest stumbling block was that this is part one of a trilogy. When I mentioned that little tidbit, my publisher said, “Okay. Go ahead and submit it. But I want to see a summary of all three novels, so I know where you intend to go with it.”
This turned out to be fantastic advice. Once I sat down and actually started writing up the summaries, I realized I didn’t really have more than a general idea where the stories were going. I had some ideas for scenes and I knew the general story arc, but there were enormous gaps. That’s one reason it took so long to prepare for submission. (The other reason was that my friend, Claire, pointed out a number of points in the finished first novel that needed to be addressed, prompting another rewrite.)
But now I have a fairly concrete idea about how the next two novels will go and I’ve submitted the manuscript, at last!
Here’s the teaser for it that I put in my cover letter:
A thousand years ago, the kingdom was nearly destroyed, as two factions of gods — the Stronni and the Taaweh — warred for the land and the frightened humans who lived there. Then suddenly the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.
Now, as the likelihood of a war between the Emperor and his regent, Vek Worlen, approaches, the Vek’s son, Sael, finds himself allied with Koreh, a homeless vagabond, as he flees the capital city and makes his way across a hostile wilderness to his father’s keep.
But Koreh has dreams — dreams of the ancient Taaweh — and he knows that the looming war between the Emperor and the Vek will be nothing, compared to the war that is about to begin. Because the Taaweh are returning and the war between the gods may destroy the kingdom and all who dwell there.