I don’t often participate in blogfests… But I’ve had a lot of people ask about my WIP (Work in Progress for those of you who don’t keep up with the latest publishing terminology, hi Mom!), so I figured this blogfest would be a good chance for me to talk about what I’m working on and where I’m at with the whole “getting published” thing.
I guess I’m supposed to answer some questions now, so, yeah.
WIP Title: Dungeon Duty – I’m not sold on this title. I’m still throwing things around and seeing what sticks. I’ve also been considering Once Upon a Spell. Which do you like more?
Word Count: About 65,000 words.
Genre: Middle Grade – It started out as Young Adult, but it kind of straddled those two genres a bit, so I’m doing edits right now to make it fit more squarely in the MG category.
How long have you been working on it?: About a year. Actually more now. I started querying it after a year, then some agents requested some changes and right now I’m working on fleshing out the second half before I send it back to them.
Okay, so on second thought, maybe hiring an evil sorceress to get her out of an arranged marriage was a bad plan. But Jessa has enough spunk (or ignorance, call it what you will) to take on the villainous she-devil and somehow magically survive to find her happily ever after … even if it means falling for the one guy she swore to hate.
Princess Jessamine would rather do a lot of things than marry Prince Alec—wear an itchy dress while her portrait is painted, count her father’s nose hairs, or even clean the dungeon’s chamber pots. But Jessa isn’t given a choice, so she enlists the help of a powerful sorceress to save her from the arranged marriage.
The sorceress casts her spell, but instead of getting rid of the prince as agreed, she takes care of Jessa instead. Now everyone sees Jessa as a lowly maid while the double-crossing sorceress is living the high life of a princess. Laws are changed, taxes are raised, and Jessa is on the run from the sorceress’s henchmen who are more bloodthirsty than a hyped up troll.
On the bright side, Jessa knows how to defeat the sorceress. She just needs to find a few rare ingredients for a counter spell and she’ll be on her way. Oh, and since the sorceress’s missing sister needs to be the one to cast it, it would be great if she would stop playing hide and seek and cooperate already.
Prince Alec is willing to lend Jessa a hand, and he’s got the strong shoulders to match, but Jessa doesn’t have a whole lot of time before the sorceress can put her unknown-but-definitely-evil plan into action. All Jessa knows is that her kingdom, and her future with *gasp* Alec of all people, is at stake, and no one, not even a psychotic sorceress who wants her dead, is going to stand in her way.
Are you looking for a Critique Partner?: I already have a couple of amazing critique partners, but it’s especially tricky to find someone who actually writes MG. So if you write MG, I’d at least be interested in seeing if we’d be a good match for future projects.
Are you looking for a Beta Reader?: If you read a lot of MG or write in it, then yes, I’d be interested in getting your take. My manuscript is getting pretty polished at this point, so this might be more for the future.
So there you have it – that’s my work in progress. I’m hoping to finish edits within a couple of months and then who knows where life will take me. I have ideas for a sequel, but I don’t know if I want to start that until I get an agent, which I’m really, really, really, really hoping happens for me. I feel like this is *the one* and I’ve put so much into it already. It’s so close! I’ve learned so much about my own writing, so even if this one doesn’t end up being the one, hopefully I can put all that I’ve learned toward my next book. Sigh. This whole writing thing isn’t for the faint of heart, is it?
I’d love to hear what you’re working on! If you have an elevator pitch or query, feel free to paste it in the comments below. What do you think of my WIP?