Limbo and finding comp titles

Taking this “relaxing” week off (after finishing up Eleanor) is just not happening. I’m feeling a little empty not working those 14-18 hour days. So, I’ve been considering starting a new project, but I know I should stay Eleanor-focused. It will need more work, I know that. It’s just this bloody break. What should I be doing?

I think I should be checking out comparable works in the genre. That’s what I should be doing!

So that’s what I started doing yesterday.

The plan is to come up with a list of comp titles, so when I submit to publishers they know what Eleanor is like. Pretty simple, right? Well, sort of. I need to find books in the “neo-Victorian” subgenre of historical fiction, which I think Eleanor would fall into. I didn’t even know “neo-Victorian”, as a genre, existed until recently.

In my search, I came across something interesting (well, something that I thought was interesting). Did you know Penny Dreadful is a comic book? Based off the TV series. Did you know that?

Yes? Oh, never mind then.

Penny Dreadful comic book

Anyway, I thought it might be a good comp, possibly. Even though it’s a comic. Still, it gives you an idea of the kind of theme, tone, or style that Eleanor is like, right? Well, that’s the point.

The entire “neo-Victorian” genre and culture as a whole, is quite popular today and that popularity is only growing. If we look to fashion, Victorian or steampunk events (I attended one a few years ago, and it was awesome!), films like Hysteria and, of course, the TV show Penny Dreadful (and even Downton Abbey), we can see the influence the Victorian/Edwardian/Gothic has on us today.

Mostly, I’m looking for Victorian/Gothic/Romantic historical fiction, with the same (or similar) language and style you would find from works of that time.

Newt Aliens Mostly looking for neo-Victorian, mostly

I’m also looking at reimaginings of V/G/R works, like Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dickensian works, and so on.

I’m considering adding Going Postal by Terry Pratchett to that list, as Adora Belle Dearheart is an amazingly strong, independent character, and I see shared elements between her and Eleanor. Though, Pratchett is (or sadly, was) a god in the literary world, so choosing him, or his work, as a comp might be a big leap for little ol’ me.

Still, she is kickarse!

Adora Belle Dearheart

In any case, it means me having to read a shitload of books. I have around 16 on my list so far. Don’t worry, that list is growing.

So, what’s coming up?
TeamBeta is reading through Eleanor, and I’m very patiently awaiting their response.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Veruca Salt

So, while that’s happening, I’ll continue looking for comps. I’ll start reading a few, and maybe I’ll get cracking on some of my other projects. A Travesty, for instance, or Wings of Malice.

And then what?
Well, as I have noted, I have an editor in mind for taking on Eleanor. I’m hoping (after TeamBeta has finished looking over my manuscript), to send in a request for her amazing services.

Also, as I mentioned in my previous post, I have been considering a new project (for National Novel Writing Month), and I’m very eager to start it. It is quite different from my usual writings. It’s still historical fiction, but it will deal with themes that I wouldn’t dare explore normally. Even the language itself, will be quite challenging, but I want to challenge myself. It will shock you, trust me, as it shocks me thinking about what exactly I will be writing.

Until then…

I’ll leave you all waiting with bated breath 😉

Eleanor – You’re done!

Oh my god! Eleanor is DONE!!! I can’t believe it.

412 pages edited in 4 weeks! Boo yah!


Eleanor word count June 2

Maybe I should have posted a picture of a ‘The End’? Meh.

Hang on…

the end

There we go 😛

It’s quite surreal. I never truly thought this day would come. I’m so used to self-sabotage that I never expected to get a complete manuscript out. A Travesty and Wings of Malice are just two examples of unfinished (and near compete) manuscripts, which I’ve abandoned because of the fear of what’s to come next. One day I’ll come back to them, I’m sure, but for now…

Eleanor is now currently being read by my beta team (TeamBeta). You know who you are! Thank you so much for donating your time and eyeballs. It means a lot to me.

So, what now?
This week, I’m planning on relaxing, which actually means doing other people’s editing, haha! I will also be cat-sitting for someone in the city, so the change of environment will do me wonders, I’m sure. And, although I need to do work, I will try and do some proper relaxing as well, don’t worry. I want to get my mind off Eleanor for a while, and focus on other important things like smooching cats, playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, watching YouTubers play Until Dawn (I know! I’ve watched maybe 10 playthroughs, but every one of them is different and I can’t get enough), catching up on some much-needed reading (still need to finish Vendetta), and sleeping more than 5 hours a night.

However, I’m already thinking about my next project — something I’m considering for National Novel Writing Month, so I might jot down a few ideas (I’ve already started!)

Once my beta team get through Eleanor (and I’ve made any amendments necessary), I’m going to contact an editor I have in mind. Fingers crossed she’ll take on my manuscript. I’m hoping this will all happen before the end of July. I’m setting myself a reasonable deadline for myself this time! (Still can’t believe I edited my manuscript in only 4 weeks!)

What else?
God, I don’t know. As you know, this is all new to me. I suppose I’ll have to really start getting into research mode on publishers. Yep, still looking to publish the ol’ traditional way. There’s one in particular I’ve been looking at. They require a cover letter (as I imagine most publishers do), so that might be something I will work on this week coming as well.

Oh, and the ending?
It was hard choosing from the 5 different endings I had planned (and written), but I think I chose the best possible one. I really do, and that is hard for me to say, given how I usually end my novels. I went with something well off from what I had initially planned. And, I know it’s a pain in the arse to say, but really, I don’t want to ruin anything for you guys. Maybe, in time, I will consider publishing (on this site) my alternative endings, and you can critique each one 😉

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout this massive project — my friends, family, followers, cat, and bunny.

Don’t leave me now!
Stay tuned, because I will be posting more updates on Eleanor as they come. Until then…

Since I’ve been watching so much Until Dawn lately, O’ Death has become a bit of a theme song for this week. I love this song. Have a listen.

I sing it every time.

Bye for now!