Writing Epic Fantasy
In a world called Livinity...
I'd rather not mention how long ago I started writing my epic fantasy trilogy....cough, cough, since 2001, cough, hack...
Back then I had the idea that I was writing a single fantasy novel. It wasn't until Livinity won a First Place award in 2011 for Unpublished Fantasy novel that I decided to take the advice of agent Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency and split the book into two. The single novel was too long, and agents like herself would have trouble placing it with a publisher.
Book One: Done
I've waited this long, right? If I've learned anything about the submission process, it's patience. And it only takes one yes.
Querying is challenging. I struggle with knowing how to word the query letter as I pitch my story to an agent, and hopefully grab their attention enough to make them not click DELETE immediately. It's a tough spot for writers. My best encounters have been at writer's conferences. When I meet agents in person, they almost always give feedback with the rejection. That rarely happens when submitting blinding via email to an agent you don't know and who doesn't know you.
Fairies, Mindchanters, Kings, and Spies
The assassination plot of a king, a mindchantress hiding her race in a human country, a disillusioned pirate falling for a fairie spy, four prisoners lost in a treacherous wood where legend marks death for all who enter…Livinity is only the beginning.
The stories begin as separate journeys that eventually coincide to a unified purpose: stop the evil tyrant vying for power, and stay the darkness that threatens to consume all of Livinity.
Like Game of Thrones, Livinity explores the viewpoints of multiple characters from chapter to chapter. Unlike Game of Thrones, Livinity would be rated no higher than PG-13.
It's been a few years since I read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia. Those books greatly influenced my writing in Livinity.
I'm exploring the fantasy genre further with my current reading list: Ursula K. LeGuin, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson.
I'm open to suggestions!