Shiny Rock Stars!

So way back in 2012 I started writing a story. A story for LT3’s Rocking Hard submission call about, you guessed it, a rock star. Well, she wishes she were some big star, really, but she could totally be one; she has all the finer qualities of a true rock star, even if the majority of her gigs are local. But she’s also pretty happy with where she is right now, doing what she loves. I think it’s fair to say Alisha’s pretty content with her life.

Sian has never really thought of anything much besides her grades and her family, and how much trouble she’ll be in if her dad ever finds out she and her friend sneak out late at night to bars and gigs. She always thought she was happy with her life, that she had everything she needed, just not as much independence from her parents as she’d like at 19.

And then she meets Alisha, and they both realise that something pretty big has been missing from their lives. And now that they’ve found it, the only question is whether they can keep it.

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This week I got a lovely e-mail with the cover art for the anthology and the release schedule. I love this cover. It’s so bright and colourful and it makes me very happy.

Keeping it Together will be the last story to come out of the last volume of the Rocking Hard serial anthology. It feels like a long wait ’til the 2nd of April, but I’m sure I’ll be writing plenty to keep me occupied ’til then, and there are so many awesome stories running in this thing that are definitely worth checking out (:

Shiny Rock Stars!

Shiny Update

The first story I ever wrote for publication was One for Sorrow, about a reaping angel and a grieving human. I wrote this one straight out of uni, in 2011, and it was accepted for LT3’s Something Happened on the Way to Heaven serial anthology.

In just under three weeks’ time, on the 20th of February, Something Happened on the Way to Heaven will be available as a collected anthology. I’ve read a couple of the stories while they were in serial, and they’re pretty damn good. I have to admit I’m not one for serials—I have a short attention span and am easily distracted these days, so I’ll start reading and then just stop, usually right before the end—but I’m looking forward to having the collected version and catching up with the other stories.

I’ve also had a story accepted for LT3’s upcoming serial anthology Rocking Hard. It’s F/F, and about 30k in length, and it is, so far, the hardest thing I’ve written. I absolutely love Alisha and Sian, and enjoyed writing them, but the plot, and especially the ending, gave me so many headaches that I was rather glad to finish it.

It’s late, and Sian should be tucked up in bed when she meets Alisha Hart—beautiful, talented, and the star of a band that’s on its way up. Alisha doesn’t have to worry about curfews or homework or overprotective parents; in fact, she doesn’t seem to care about any rules at all. She makes her own, and lives life her way, something Sian can only dream of. Needless to say that Sian is drawn to her—who wouldn’t be? But love is complicated, something they’re both learning, and if there’s such a thing as fate, it seems dead set against them.

It’ll probably be quite some time before it’s out, and I don’t know exactly when, but I’ll update as and when I learn things.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get off my arse and go over this galley proof, since it’s due tomorrow (procrastination apparently isn’t something that ends when uni does).

Shiny Update

Editing

As some of you might know, if you’ve read my bio over at LT3, I don’t just write, I also edit. For LT3, this is copy editing, but I can do more thorough edits as well. I’ve been a bit weird about advertising my services as a freelance editor, mostly because I don’t know how to advertise very well (I would make a terrible publicist). But I do know how to edit, and my rates are pretty affordable, especially if it’s just a copy edit that you need. So below are the details of the services I offer. Maybe they’ll interest you. Maybe you’ve been looking for an editor for your manuscript for a while now. Maybe they won’t, maybe you haven’t. Take a look anyway. One day you might need something editing.

Copy Editing

This includes correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, as well as highlighting any minor inconsistencies or errors. I will also check for awkward or clunky wording.

My copy editing rates:

Under 20 pages: £5 (7.84 USD) total

20-150 pages: 25p (39 US cents) per page

150-300 pages: 50p (78 cents) per page

300+ : 75p (1.18 USD) per page

Line Editing

This is a more thorough type of editing which includes checking for consistency in content, tone, clarity, plot and character development. This also includes the copy editing service at no extra charge.

My line editing rates:

Under 20 pages: £10 (15.69 USD) total

20-150 pages: 50p (78 cents) per page

150-300 pages: 75p (1.18 USD) per page

300+ : £1 (1.57 USD) per page

If you need a particular aspect of your manuscript examined, or if there’s a scene you’re particularly worried about, let me know and I will be happy to give it extra attention.

All rates are up for discussion within reason.

If you’re interested in either a copy or line edit for your manuscript, or would like to enquire further into the details, then you can e-mail me at sylvia-winters@hotmail.co.uk.

Although I mainly write m/m romance, I will edit any genre you wish to send me. However, for non-fiction manuscripts, I only offer my copy editing service.

Editing

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

I have a publication date for The Dog in the Mist! It’s part of LT3’s The Bestiary collection, and will be released on the 14th of November, both as a single e-book and as part of a bundle. There will be four bundles available, released weekly, and the whole collection will be available once all the bundles have been released. They will also be available in four volumes in paperback later on.

I absolutely love the cover art for these. Check out the others in the collection, because they’re all really cool.

I also have the official blurb, which has changed a bit from the rough draft I posted last month.

Dorian has been favored by tragedy for what seems like his entire life. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. As if that’s not enough, he is stalked by a black dog too large to be just an ordinary dog, and which seems to bring death in its wake. To save himself, he will have to return to beliefs that he cast away long ago …

The Dog in the Mist is now listed over on GoodReads, so you can add it to your to-read shelves. Most of the other Bestiary stories are also up on GoodReads now, so you can check those out as well. They all look so good and I can’t wait to read them =D

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

Lookit!

As you know I’ve a not-so-short story coming up in LT3’s The Bestiary collection, which I think will be out around November time.

My story is called The Dog in the Mist and is set in Devon, utilising a whole heap of local folklore.

Dorian is unlucky. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. And to top it all off, he’s being stalked by a dog—a dog that’s bigger than a dog has any right to be, a dog that brings death in its wake. Soon, Dorian will learn that all the things he pushed from his mind, all the stories he was told as a kid about faeries and ghosts and monsters, are real. And maybe, just maybe, they can help him reclaim some of what he’s lost.

The Dog in the Mist centres on Dorian, and his missing friend, Evan. It’s written in limited 3rd present and uses a shit ton of flashbacks, which are maybe my favourite part of the story, just because they were the most fun to write ❤

The main reason for this whole post though, aside from the rough release date, is to say ‘Hey, check this out!’

This is the art for my story, drawn by the lovely V. Rios. Look at the shiny eyes! So cool.

Lookit!

Watch This Space

Some good news (: My story The Dog in the Mist has been accepted for Less Than Three Press’ upcoming The Bestiary collection.

The story is approximately 32,000 words, and it’s set in Okehampton and the surrounding Dartmoor area, incorporating a few different English and Devonshire myths.

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A shot of Dartmoor, near Okehampton

The Dog in the Mist should be available as an individual e-book or as part of a bundle, and later as part of a paperback anthology. No idea on the release date yet, but I’ll update when I have more information.

I don’t have an official summary yet, so this will probably change a bit, but for now, here’s my draft summary:

Dorian is unlucky. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. And to top it all off, he’s being stalked by a dog—a dog that’s bigger than a dog has any right to be, a dog that brings death in its wake. Soon, Dorian will learn that all the things he pushed from his mind, all the stories he was told as a kid about faeries and ghosts and monsters, are real. And maybe, just maybe, they can help him reclaim some of what he’s lost.

I’m quite fond of these boys. I think I’ll miss writing them.

Watch This Space