Unfortunately, I haven’t had any ideas for a blog entry, so let’s just give an update.

Replaneted third draft is done. I don’t anticipate a fourth draft, but the book is out to two beta readers right now (though they don’t know they’re beta readers). If they come back with something big, I’ll go back in. But right now there’s nothing I want to change about the book.

(This is actually Stardew Valley fan art, but I like the picture)

So I’ve started writing my query letter and synopsis. And of course, they suck. I’m too damn close to the material to advertise it. I can’t tell what the big hooks are. As an exercise, I rewrote the 2 sentence summary of the story about 25 times. Still feel like the whole thing is bland. And the more I look at it, the worse it gets, because I get bored of my own words. But that doesn’t mean someone looking at those words for the first time won’t be intrigued. I wish I could just hand off the query to someone else. Why do authors have to be both writers and promoters?

So while that’s going on, I’m also starting “The Fairy War”, which is the first of a (potential) YA/Middle Grade series I’m calling “Bestiary”. (I’m now realizing that name may not play well to the markets.) It’s called that because, in each book, the two kids need to find some fantasy creature running amok in their town and get it out of there. Mermaids, centaurs, cyclops, dryads and then some more obscure creatures like oni and la Llorona and golem. See? It’s educational and entertaining. Not just satiating my fetish for monster girls. That’s what the erotica is for.

That’s the book I’m writing right now, because it’s the most commercial. But what I really want to write is a Medusa story. It’s a dark fantasy that’s not so much retelling the Medusa story but reimagining the character in a different situation? In a different role? I don’t know. I write the ideas that come to me. I guess that’s what being a writer means–balancing what will sell vs. what you want to write.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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