The jury’s in from Orbit-14 (Novel) writing group under the auspices of the British Science Fiction Association: Parts of Daughters in Eden may be going somewhere, but it’s going to need a lot of reconfiguration, re-jigging, re-writing and new writing before the new title sees the light of day.
I’m urged to consider characterisation, especially in the context of how the main characters interact with each other. How they move the story along. Eliminate the unnecessary storylines and ancillary plot, and concentrate on the motivations of the characters. It really must become something different if it’s to sing.
So I’ve looked closely at my efforts, and I’ve done the first chapter again, following kind critical advice from my colleagues in the writing group, as well as, for this submission window in the early autumn, looking at the hook that might best interest agents/publishers, and the one page synopsis. In the interest of this exercise, I’ve developed an entirely new title, because the book is going to be a new entity.
And that new entity is now Freeing Eden. The previous three books that I’ve self-published are really backstory to this new and main event, which I shall give a good honest effort to, to see if I can break into an agent’s purview, or interest a publisher enough to take a serious look at.
<gulp>. It’s daunting though, creating a new something out of the smoking ashes of the earlier attempts.