Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Some exciting news is brewing
Remember the teaser chapter from my Western novel that I posted last Saturday, and my follow-up post about the feedback I received?
As a result of your feedback, I've decided to make my protagonist's speech less 'dialect' and 'vernacular', giving him a speech style typical of a high-school-educated Southern man of the Civil War era, but not the 'upper crust' of Southern society. However, I'm going to leave the speech of those around him - former slaves, teamsters and drovers, cowboys, and so on - in the vernacular, partly as a contrast, partly for the authenticity I strive for, partly because the combination seems to work pretty well (according to feedback I've received on the changes so far).
What's more, as a result of posting that chapter, and your feedback, I've received an initial contract offer from a publisher for not just one, but three Westerns. I'm discussing it with them at the moment. They're excited about helping to revive a moribund genre, and I'm excited about being in on the ground floor of their efforts. Things are looking very promising. Expect an update within a few weeks about that, as events are moving surprisingly quickly. I'm stoked!
Watch this space for more information. (Puts on cowboy hat and spurs, twirls rope.) Yee-haw!