Editing the “Magic”, Preparing for Prime Time!

Greetings, all!

I have several updates to share about THE MAGIC STONES OF MIDNIGHT KEEP, the first of my novels to have a shot at being published. My incredible agent, Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency, met with a number of acquisitions editors from major publishers over the past month. She introduced the ideas and concepts in Midnight Keep (and even shared some of the artwork created by KatieJ), and several editors expressed an interest in reading the manuscript!

This is fantastic news, and that’s putting it mildly. After so many years and so many re-writes of multiple books, the process of submission and review by publishers is really the final bridge to cross before making it into the published author promised land.

In preparation for submission, Lesley provided insightful feedback on Midnight Keep that kicked off another editing/re-writing round for me. Those edits are now complete. The revised chapter 1 is now here on the website on THE MAGIC STONES OF MIDNIGHT KEEP page (or you can just click HERE to save time). Some of the changes to chapter 1 are significant, including an early appearance of the mysterious voice Aril hears from the Magic Stones, more conversational tidbits about Bard’s Tales, and new insights into how Aril, Truly, and Brin see their future. If you read the original, take a minute to read the new chapter 1 and feel free to share your feedback!

If you’ve never before read THE MAGIC STONES OF MIDNIGHT KEEP but are a reader of middle grade fantasy (think early Harry Potter books, the Percy Jackson series, Artemis Fowl, Chronicles of Narnia), give me a shout! I love critical feedback and always welcome more, especially as these important last edits are happening. Feel free to leave a comment here, or email me at TheTomeWriter@gmail.com.

Thanks everyone! More to come soon…

~Kevin

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