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  1. I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with using that trope - it's just how you present it. You may want to consider avoiding the word "elemental" when describing these powers and find something similar. Instead of a fire power (where an elf might blast a fireball or lava at someone) maybe call it "cleansing" i.e. like how a fire can clean away germs - a power that is incredibly potent and dangerous if misused - just like fire. Maybe it causes the elf's hands to glow red, and those that feel it, endure a burning sensation etc. Just a thought.
  2. Hey all. At this point I've gotten several beta readers for my book. Thank you so much. I'll be locking this post now but feel free to check out the first three chapters, and if you like them, share them with a friend! Http://www.facebook.com/frompentopage
  3. Hi Calissi, I just sent you a message, I'd be happy to have you take a look at it
  4. Hi Elizabeth! Yes I've read some of your historical posts online - I find them fascinating. My book utilizes old testament names and lore so I always find that subject matter really interesting. I'm not as active on Twitter (though I should be) but I've posted a couple of comments here and there. Your book sounds interesting! Is it on Amazon? Best of luck with remaining teaching year - I used to be a teacher myself, May burnout is real. LOL.
  5. Hi Rachel, The novel is approximately 83,500 words - give or take. I will definitely reach out to you once I've finished this latest revision. You can find out more about it on my author's facebook page in the meantime. It's https://www.facebook.com/frompentopage/
  6. Hi Jared, Thanks! I'm actually doing a revision based on some professional feedback right now but I'll definitely reach out to you once I'm finished.
  7. Hey Zee, Generally, beta readers get the whole book at one time to offer feedback for - whereas in the forums due to guidelines you can only really post a chapter or two at a time - at least that's my understanding of it. I think it's easier to get an idea of what an author is trying to do if you get it all in once piece vs. piece meal.
  8. HI All, I've posted the first three chapters of my YA fantasy novel, The Soothsayer, in the critique forums and now I'd like to open up the rest of the novel for any interested beta readers. I'd be happy to reciprocate on your work, of course. I'm primarily looking for feedback on the plot pacing, dialogue, and descriptions used - or any other parts that may get your attention. The Soothsayer is an epic fantasy, similar in tone to the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis with a bit of "Game of Thrones" thrown in. While not strictly a "Christian Novel', it does have strong Christian themes that I think will speak to believers and encourage Non-Christians to explore their faith. That said, there is some slight profanity and violence in the story - be warned. Below is a very short preview/synopsis of what you can expect: Colin Devereaux is a teen in crisis. He’s an outcast at school, a target for bullies, and a helpless bystander as he watches his single mother wither from cancer. But those problems pale to the things he can’t explain – the dark creatures he’s spied lurking over his sleeping mother’s form, the strange old shopkeeper at the marina who seems to know Colin’s mind, and the mysterious puzzle box that the old man traded for Colin’s name. The line of reality blurs as the puzzle box opens revealing a path to a another world, and a clue that may save his mother’s life. Stranded in a kingdom devastated by darkness and war, Colin must lead a ragtag resistance against evil forces to find salvation for his mother and himself. Please let me know if you're interested. Thanks!
  9. I agree with Zee on this and can only add that sometimes it's even advisable to simply start your story outside the fantasy world and have your protagonist lead your readers into it as they discover the world for themselves - i did this with my own story and I've seen it done really successfully in other authors' work - C.S. Lewis - Narnia did it, so did Stephen King's in "The Talisman."
  10. Dungeons can vary greatly from region to region - and of course the experiences your protagonist goes through in each can be vastly different as well. In the second dungeon you can even have her recall the challenges of her first dungeon delve, and then completely subvert her expectations in this new setting. Have fun with it.
  11. Hey all - yeah I was asking about copyright itself not on vetting publishers. I've already submitted to several agents and publishers - I wouldn't expect them to sign any kind of agreement because I did my homework on them before I submitted. I purchased a federal copyright for my WIP now so I'm happy with that. Thanks again for all the responses.
  12. Congrats, now come the "fun" of revisions, lol.
  13. Thanks guys, A lot of opinions to consider here, lol. I think I will probably go with just getting a federal copyright of it for my own peace of mind - if a prospective publisher is put off by that then that's the risk I take, I guess. It's hard wanting to get feedback, wanting to get eyes on your manuscript, but feeling unsure of where might be a "safe" forum to do that in. Obviously, I feel like this site (and its members) are much more reputable, or at least ethical, than other options online. As far as asking beta readers to sign a one-sheet confidentiality agreement - in theory, I'm not sure why anyone would mind. We're all writers here, and I think we can all understand the hard work that goes into crafting our stories. I certainly wouldn't be put off if someone asked me to sign one - it's not personal. But If I have a federal copyright I wouldn't bother to do that anyway, it'd be overkill. Thanks again guys.
  14. So you're saying its best to just go ahead and pay for federal copyright, even if the work is unpublished or before I've signed a contract with a publisher? Wouldn't that turn off any prospective publishers?
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