Okay, okay, I haven’t been writing much these days, except for the writing prompts from Writer’s Digest. And I didn’t even do that this week, although it was a good one.
The reason: I’ve uploaded my book, Anticipation of the Penitent, on an online writer’s site called Authonomy.com, at http://authonomy.com/books/45790/anticipation-of-the-penitent/. It is a great site, where thousands of books are posted of every genre, and people read some or all of the book, comment and rank them. In order to get the most readers, you also have to read others’ books.
That’s where my time has been spent, reading and reading, and commenting and getting comments. It’s great and it’s frustrating. Some people love my book, others say it’s too dark for them, others don’t like the Christian aspect of it. In other words, there have been the usual feedback.
I’ve made some corrections to the book on Authonomy.com, have reread my book, and I have to say, I still love it! To me, the subplots, character transformations, inspiration and redemption themes by the end of Book I and the end of Book II, cause me to still be amazed by it all. (Some people who’ve read the whole book have called it amazing.)
Recently, I haven’t been submitting to too many literary agents either. I get comments from Authonomy.com that help me to see exactly how to describe my book and where things can be clarified. I want to get a few more comments and make a few more changes before finding out the best types of literary agents to submit to.
In that regard, speculative fiction in the Christian field, is fiction that has Christian ideology to it, but isn’t your typical “happy” Christian read. It includes Christian horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. I originally considered my book in the genre of Spiritual Warfare fiction, which during the San Francisco Writer’s Conference earlier this year, I had so shockingly learned wasn’t an accepted genre.
Another shock from comments I’ve received from my book is the amount of people who consider it to be horror. These are usually from people who have only read the Prologue and First Chapter. Of course, it is about a serial killer, and there are some disturbing descriptions, but I had never considered it horror. Dark definitely, thrilling maybe, paranormal maybe, maybe even a bit of fantasy, but horror? There’s no gore, the killing and other darker scenes are not explicit enough, I thought, to be called horror.
So, because of the comments I’ve received, I’m tentatively labeling Anticipation of the Penitent speculative fiction/literary Christian horror, until further notice. I hope to soon continue submitting query letters to more appropriate agents (once I find them). And I will start writing again on my other two books, should I say …soon?
Notice to readers of Anticipation of the Penitent: Because of the Authonomy website, I have changed my blog to not include the entire book. Instead, only excepts of the chapters are included. People who want to read the entire book can go to http://authonomy.com/books/45790/anticipation-of-the-penitent/.