A Whole New World
I’ve been working on a new novel–not a sequel to A Package of Moods but rather an entirely new story–since long before aPoM was finished. By now I estimate four or five years have passed, if you count the first year or two of occasional brainstorming. It only really got started during the final edits of aPoM, while the manuscript was in my editor’s hands and I was (at the time) jobless. This was sometime in the summer of 2015.
I am thrilled to say that today I have finished the last major edits of the alpha version: aka: “the one which I refuse to show anybody.”
The Ember Trade.
Unlike A Package of Moods, The Ember Trade is set in a fictional universe during a time much like our 20th century. The story takes place in a colony where technology is a few years behind the empire’s and the people are a bit less refined. While the duke does employ a strong militant force, particularly in the cities, crime still thrives. Worse than all the pickpockets and the extortionists, according to most, is the black market known as the ember trade. It is not a unified organization but they work in small, isolated groups–often with specific roles–to acquire and sell embers. These embers are not the same as the ones in the fire pits. Rather, every person has an extra organ in their chest, near their heart, that looks a bit like a peach pit. This is the ember; this is the source of a person’s link to the magic in the world. The trade sprung up shortly after it was discovered that an ember ground into powder and ingested would heighten a person’s magical abilities as well as their physical ones. The business is dangerous, illegal, but very profitable. Particularly when the ember is from a celebrity, or a powerful sorcerer.
I genuinely have no idea when I will get around to publishing this one. It is something that I would love to do, but it will be a while before that happens. I want to really focus on getting this right. There were a few things I was not happy with about aPoM after it was published, which were all my fault, and I don’t want to run into that issue again if I can help it. That’s going to mean me reading through this several times over, far more than I did before, and hopefully I can get a few more (critical) beta readers.
Plus, money’s an issue. I won’t go into detail on that but let’s just say I’m fine financially right now. If I were to start publishing the way I did last time, I would not be doing quite as well. I’ve got to save up, figure out what my options are. That’s second to making sure the book is worth people’s time and written well, though.
The Next Step.
I need beta readers. The book may be in a rough state, but now that I’ve gone through it a couple of times I’m happy enough with it to share what I’ve done. I know a few people who already want to read it, but the more of you who can the better the end product should be. If you’re interested in reading The Ember Trade in it’s unfinished form and providing feedback, please message me on my social media or email me at the address on this site. I might ask you a few questions before sending it, since this is important to me and I want to make sure these manuscripts are being sent to people who are actually invested–plus there is always the mild but usually unreasonable paranoia of people stealing my work (authors such as J.K. Rowling should be concerned about this, not me, but I can’t help it to some extent).
Regardless, I will need help. Beta readers are immensely important and if you are interested enough to assist me I would be eternally grateful.
Depending on how that goes, I don’t know. Maybe another round of edits and then more beta reading? Maybe it will just need me to edit a few more times? I really can’t say what comes after this stage. Hopefully things go well and I find a suitcase of cash and it’s all published by the end of the year. Thing is, that’s never going to happen, which is probably for the best. I’m looking forward to taking my time with this story.
Until next time, thank you all again.