Thursday, March 11, 2010

Excellent Day!

Worked on Eternal Knight for several hours today. It was great! I am on the final stretch and heading for the finish line.

What's left to do? Not much...

1) Complete the read-through. Wonderful and terrifying. No, I'm not describing the book--I'm describing my emotions. I really, really feel good about the novel. It reads like a "real" novel. This is where the terrifying comes in. What if I am utterly delusional? What if Eternal Knight isn't the book I think it is? Well, we'll find out soon.
2) Touch up my query. My query is definitely not incompetent. It won't be laughed at and instantly rejected. But is it good? I dunno. I have no prior writing accomplishments to boast of. Will the query land the hook?
3) Fix up synopsis. Ugh. Writing this was the worst.

I've gained several new blog readers recently. Welcome to Eternal Knight! If you're interested in learning a little bit more about the story you can...

Read chapter one. I am always looking for feedback on this chapter. If I can get the agent to page 50 I know I will have them for the entire journey. But they won't get to page 50 if they don't get through chapter one.

Read my query letter. Spoiler alert! My query gives away the conclusion and major plot points of the novel.

Read my synopsis. Same spoiler alert as above, but even more so.

Please feel free to comment on any of the above. I am happy to get any help I can find.

Have a great one!


  1. I absolutely hate writing synopsis. It just feels so odd to me. Keep up the good work though!

  2. Don't worry about no publishing credentials, Matt. Everywhere I look, agents say, "They're nice, but not necessary."

    I read the query. It's clean and clear, which is a great place to be. What it was lacking (for me -- keep in mind this is all just my opinion) is a strong sense of Hadde's character. Who is she? What does she want? Most importantly, why do we care about her?

    As it is, the query reads to me like a synopsis (albeit a well-written one). Focus on Hadde and the choices she has to make. And don't be afraid to cut; I've heard the sweet spot is 200-300 words between "Dear so-and-so" and "Sincerely".

    Again, that's just my opinion. I'm totally with you on the "wonderful and terrifying" bit. I can't tell if I'm good or delusional either. Hopefully a few agent responses will help me be a better judge *fingers crossed*.

    Good luck!

  3. Keep at it. I'm ready to order the first copy.

  4. I think everything will work out in the end Matt! Keep focus and things are going to fall into place in the long run. Good Luck!

  5. Thanks all! Kevin, just made my final revisions late this afternoon.