Talkin' About My Book and Nanowrimo

So for those of you who don’t follow on Tumblr/Twitter/all of the other insane places I hang out, Harper Collins is doing this thing where they’re accepting unagented manuscripts for two weeks for science fiction, urban fantasy, fantasy, and other genre type stories. You can read more about it here, but the gist of it is that they’re looking to expand their online catalogue by printing some exclusive ebook titles.

I have a few completed books under my belt that aren’t fanfiction, but only one that I felt would meet the criteria.  My idea was to not sleep for the past three weeks (when my friend brought this to my attention) and revamp my book with my 2012 writing style, a better villain, and a more ambiguous central relationship. Unfortunately, real life has a way of laughing hysterically at me and, having gotten only three chapters redone, I decided to hand in my 2008 version instead. I think I’m being pragmatic rather than pessimistic when I say there’s really not a chance in hell they’ll want to publish this book, but it was nice to finally sit down and write a query letter and a synopsis for it (though I’m sure I drove my friends nuts last night).

If they decide not to publish it, here’s the deal: I’m going to publish it myself. I’ve got some experience making ebooks, thanks to you lovely people, and the best beta reader on the planet. I don’t want to jinx myself with a definite release date, but I am hard at work on the revisions for it.

Here’s some details:

  • It’s a full-length novel, clocking in at about 80,000 words.
  • It’s in first person. Pretty much everything I’ve written that everybody has seen from me has been in third person, so here’s the hilarious part: I’m most comfortable writing in first person. 
  • It’s sci-fi/fantasy.
  • The main character is a smart-ass.
  • There’s romance, there’s action, there are people falling off of buildings, and other people that can fly.
  • The name is really long.
  • It’s the first in a trilogy.
  • Max already ships two characters that aren’t a canon ship and has promised to write the first fanfic.
  • You’ll see where I got Gwen’s name in Fates.
Hopefully in the coming weeks, I’ll be able to point you to this great new author you’ll have never heard of who’s somehow releasing snippets of a book that fit exactly everything I just listed, which’ll be weird because her name isn’t Frea O’Scanlin but it’ll be crazy how much she sounds like me, you know? ;)

In other news, it’s October, which means the panic for November begins now. Is anybody doing Nanowrimo? Is anybody interested in doing Nanowrimo, but is terrified about what it is, what it entails, and needs a pep talk? If you’re in St. Louis, I’ll be bopping along to all of the events because the ML is a friend of mine, and I’ve done Nanowrimo so many times, I can offer tips, advice, and support.

Anyway, that’s the news for today!



  1. Angelicki FTW!

  2. Oh, Max. It's not even published and there's already a ship with a portmanteau.

  3. This is the project from you that I am dying to read!

    Please keep us updated on your journey with it.

  4. Is it weird that i'm really excited? seriously, is like watching "the early days of..."
    In a couple of years you'll be this famous writer and we'll be sayin' "oh yes, i started reading her work when she wasn't famous, she had this huuge story that went on forever and i waited every chapter as if it where the new chapter of friends" =D
    You'll do great, have some faith ;)
    P.S. i almost join tumblr just to congratulate you, ja!

  5. Michael3.10.12

    This is great news Frea! I am looking forward to reading this story. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed in hopes that they do pick your book. I am certain that it will be.

  6. I'm glad you're looking forward to it, Lou! I'm rather terrified of it myself, so you'll have to be the optimist for all of us. ;)

    Tian, I don't think I'm ever going to be a famous writer, though it would be nice! And that huuuuuge story taught me boatloads about life, most of which were lessons in running away from torches and pitchforks!

    Michael, I hope it lives up to your expectations. Just to warn you, there's no Sarah Walker. :)

  7. Michael3.10.12

    No Sarah Walker? No worries, You wrote it so I'm sure that I will love it.

  8. I don't really care what form it comes it, I'm reading! Hope you make gobs of money. The someday be famous and write a book with a character names Kris, or Agent Hekmi. Or something. Or, I'll just enjoy your work despite the lack of anyone awesome named after me. :))

  9. btw, that was the hardest series of captchas ever.

  10. Haha, Kris, thank you. :) I'll try to work Hekmi in at some point. I can't work Kris in because I have an aunt named that and I try to avoid using family names in my story because then my family gives me this side-eye, even when I swear I didn't base the character on them. I have a cousin who shares a name with a main character of mine, but I repeatedly tell everybody that the character is older than said cousin. She came first.

    I wonder if it's possible to make my own captchas...they'd all be stuff like, "Olivia Dunham rocks," and "Sarah Walker is amazing."


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