Back in October 2017, I happily reported that I had finished the first rough draft of my new adult novel Kingdom of Ravens. I sat the manuscript aside throughout November and December, but at the start of 2018, picked it back up to begin the editing process. I read through the draft as is, not making any changes to characters or plot (but fixing typos if I saw any). I made extensive notes, including a detailed summary of each chapter; breakdown of each scene; and lengthy comments and notes on any technicalities, continuity errors, and suggested changes.
In short, I love this story and its two leads, Sebastian and Rosalyn, especially as each of them deals with his and her own personal demons (but will they be confronted by the story’s end?!?). At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to split this book into two, thus making it a duology. But after reading it all the way through, I think it’s better if it remains a standalone (with the possibility of future stories involving these characters and/or their world because it’s a fun place and culture to explore).
Plotwise, Kingdom of Ravens is about Sebastian Murdoch, a low-level thug and nephew of an organized crime boss, who meets and falls in love with Rosalyn Everard, princess of a neighboring kingdom. While it’s set in present day, it does have some vestiges of fantasy (chiefly shapeshifting magic) and science fiction. I’m also thinking about giving the urban setting a quasi-1920s feel, but I’ll see how that shapes up when I dive into making actual edits to the text.
As expected, there is a lot of work to be done before I even consider publishing this or send it off to be considered for publication. But I will be setting my notes and the manuscript aside for a month or two so I can return to it later with fresh eyes. I have a lot of work ahead of me as far as rewrites go, but I look forward to polishing Sebastian and Rosalyn’s story.