First Draft of Urban Fantasy Novel Finished!

The first draft of my urban fantasy novel with strong diversity and LGBTQIA+ elements is complete. Clocking in at 121,000 words, I’m going to need to do some heavy pruning, or hope that some generous publisher (assuming I find one) is willing to accept a novel that long.

Of course, the fact that I’m finished doesn’t mean I’ve stopped writing. I have a long list of things I have long intended to go back and change, edit, improve, or add to. So that word count may get bigger before it gets smaller.

After I finish this round of substantive edits, I need to put the novel through several passes of trimming, pruning, and copyediting. Then, beta readers can tell me what they think.

I’m really excited because this is the first piece of writing I’ve ever taken to this stage. Of course, I’m still nowhere near finished. But there is an actual readable manuscript. Someone could read it and get an entire story from it. The final product might be substantially different from what it looks like now, but not entirely so.

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Urban Fantasy Novel at 100,000 Words

My urban fantasy novel is at 100,000 words. The end is definitely in sight, but it’s amazing how rapidly that word count starts to inch up as I start to close in on the finish line.

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Looking for beta readers

I’m getting relatively close to finished with a first draft of an urban fantasy novel with strong LGBTQ themes, as well as themes of diversity and general geekery.
 
I’m not 100% sure of exactly when I’ll be done: perhaps 3-6 weeks. I’m hoping to find beta readers who are interested this genre. It will be my first novel, and there is no publisher lined up waiting to publish it, so feedback will be very helpful in determining what’s working and what’s not; what people enjoy and what they don’t enjoy; if anything related to diversity and inclusivity didn’t come come across as I’d hoped; and so on.
 
Feel free to share this, or even paste it elsewhere, I don’t mind. If someone expresses interest, just forward them to me. If you’re interested, please email me, message me, or contact me through this site.
 
As to compensation, I’m not exactly rolling in riches, but I can offer two things. If and when the novel gets published, anyone who is a beta reader will be thanked at the beginning. In addition, I will be happy to act as a beta reader in return for anyone who participates, or to act as a sounding board/consultant for RPG products [to a reasonable extent] (for people who need help developing an RPG or refining their idea). I am certainly far more qualified an RPG designer, developer, and editor than I am as a novelist.
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Urban fantasy novel update

My urban fantasy novel is at 67,000 words. I think my first draft should be finished in a few weeks. Woot!

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Red Aegis Has Been Sighted in the Wild

Hardcover copies of Red Aegis have arrived in mailboxes. 16427799_10211578133793832_3935004875551215045_n

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Issue #6 of Gygax Magazine is Out

Gygax Magazine #6 is out and I wrote an article about ritual magic (with some 5e goodies in it). Check it out here.

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The Tome Show Has Posted Audio for Two of My Gen Con Panels (Kobold Press)

The Tome Show has posted audio recordings for two of my tome show panels, both with Kobold Press:

Campaign Tune Up (with Brandon Hodge)

Combat Tune Up (with Wolfgang Baur)

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