It’s been a while since I gave an update regarding “Glade“. In short, the book is very nearly complete. It will not, however, be released before the next deadline comes… and goes. As a result, I’ve taken down the counter. There really is no point in continually adjusting it every time a deadline performs a fly-by.
There are a number of reasons for the delay. Primarily this has been down to unforeseen events that have interrupted and frustrated. These things happen. I liken them to having a rather persistent mosquito lurking beneath the desk, hovering by the ear, and feasting upon the ankle.
Secondly, I recently cut some 18,000-20,000 words from the manuscript. The reason for this culling was that I felt the words would be better used in another book, or possibly as a short story. Either way, I just had a feeling that they shouldn’t be in “Glade”. It was one of those ‘midnight moments’ where you find yourself waking up from sleep and everything about your story becomes clear. While it does mean I need to make a few changes here and there, the story will be the better for it.
Thirdly, and possibly the most important as far as potential delays go, there is a strong possibility that I will seek out a publisher/agent for “Glade” rather than immediately self-publish.
I have had rejection slips in the past for different manuscripts, however, with “Glade” I feel I have something special. That guarantees nothing, of course, but I feel the need to at least try. I have not reached a final decision upon this as yet and there still remains a good chance that I will self-publish, as I did with the short novel, “The Chalice“.
In the meantime, I have released an early draft of “Glade” as a preview. If you have received one then you know a little about the story already. For those that took the time out from their busy schedules to read through and give me feedback, cheers. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated. This early draft included three chapters.
As I said above, the book is largely done, but there is still a lot of work for me to do before I can happily say it is complete. At the moment, I’m reworking different chapters. As of this writing, that would be Chapter 17.
I won’t give away all of the details, but the book itself is a faerie tale for adults/young adults. It has parts that are lighthearted and bright and parts that are dark and sad.
In the meantime, I have been collecting a few visual and aural ideas here and there. While far from being complete, there are a few things that have inspired me whilst writing, “Glade”. You can view them on my Pinterest board. Feel free to have a look.
I haven’t added any notes to the ‘pins’ and I won’t until I publish “Glade”. After that happens I will include one or two notes offering a glimpse into what I saw that helped inspire my writing.