October 31, 2016 at 4:54 am #7080
I am seeking a CP and writing buddy for my new 71,000 word manuscript. This is my first novel, but I am a published journalist with significant editing experience. My strengths include word building, character development, and scene setting. I could use a little help (someone to bounce ideas off of) concerning action scenes and balancing dialogue and narrative. If you think that we would be a good fit, and wouldn’t shy away from a novel with strong political/progressive undertones I would love to connect!
Decades after The Seclusion, during which America constructed massive border walls and sealed itself off from the outside world, thirty-one year old Patricia Evans lives within the panoptic nightmare of a total surveillance state. History and geography are classified, and any attempt to find out the truth regarding the world at large, past or present, is considered to be treason. Anyone who fails to toe the line finds themselves on the receiving end of Law Enforcement’s directed energy weapons. Those who escape summary execution are drafted into the military, an organization whose activities beyond the border are unknown to everyday citizens.
While on a routine assignment scouting the viability of dwindling natural resources outside the massive urban centers most citizens call home, Patricia and her co-worker Rexx discover a relic from the past containing dangerous contraband—unedited books from before The Seclusion. These texts will spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth and start Patricia off on a journey of discovery. The true history of her family and her country will begin to unfold, and Patricia will be forced to determine the lengths to which she will go to protect the former from the latter.January 23, 2018 at 7:39 pm #7683
if you’re still seeking someone,
Here is a pitch for my book (a work-in-progress pitch which encapsulates barely a fraction of it:/ but maybe it’ll give you some idea). It’s an urban fantasy with a literary style.
Nia is an isolated video game addict, forced out of her immersion one day, when two strangers show up in her home claiming she has telepathic powers. She’s not entirely convinced they’re not there to sell her on some strange scheme or cult, in fact, she’s not even sure they’re not the product of a feverish mind hooked on too many video-games — but she’ll bites. From there on she enters the underground society of psions, where you never know which memories are your own, who’s spying on your thoughts, and where shadows lurk. But least of all, Nia knows about the bizarre realm she finds inside her own head, and where it’ll take her.
I have about a third written, but it’s more or less mapped out.
Writing style: inspired by Maggie Stiefvater, Don DeLillo, Chuck Palahniuk.
Genre: Urban fantasy (the fantasy is on the softer side, a bit dreamy sometimes), with touches of psychological thriller and drama (great focus on psychology, mental illness and relationships). Somewhat dark, but with many lighter moments of humour (or attempts at those, you be the judge :P).
Fantasy/sci fi: The Raven Boys, the Cat series by Joan D. Vinge, Permutation City, the Vorkosigan Saga, Mistborn, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Other: Don DeLillo, Chuck Palahniuk, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Grossman, Gone Girl, The Piano Teacher, Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre, The First Bad Man, the unabridged journals by Sylvia Plath, Lolita.
If interested please email me at email@example.com
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