Amethyst The Platinum Series

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baby Steps to getting Amethyst Published

Amethyst  the Concept
   This all began as a screenplay for a short film but after doing some extensive research and character development, the story grew into a short story that developed into the novel. I have plans to adapt Amethyst, the book back to a screenplay with hopes for a feature length film.
   Amethyst is just the first book in a growing collection of stories. I’m working on at least four maybe five other books to follow up Amethyst. This will be The Platinum Series & so far the titles are Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, Diamond & Onyx with the possibility of Emerald in the mix. I have thought about adding other titles as the story unfolds itself.
   I let the characters tell the story of their lives based on their personalities and experiences. My lead is a young handsome man named Milican, who has a medical condition that restricts his live in severe ways. He finds love but with that will change his world forever taking him down a new potentially dangerous untraveled path.
   This is pivotal point of his young life where is must make some brutal decisions if he is to survive. Follow me on Twitter @StephAmethyst
  Thanks for reading, Stephanie Jandreau

Friday, May 6, 2011

Finished the 'author's edit'

I have finished my personal editing but as we all know we as authors really can't edit our own work. Amethyst still needs the professional touch to give it the polish it deserves. I'm looking into several options at this point. In talks with a self-publisher about going that route.
Also I'm working on my query letter to send out with my submissions to traditional publishers. This letter has to be perfect to have a chance to be noticed by a publishing house. So as you can tell I'm on the fence about my options. Self- publishing equates to getting my book in the hands of the readers sooner but I have to put the funds upfront, ouch, before I receive any profits from the sell of those books. Transitional publishing equates to a lengthy process of searching for a house to pick my book up to print, the possibilities of advances upfront then additional royalties after the sales.
I've given bits & pieces of the manuscript to trusted friends for their feedback and I've started to incorporate their suggestions into the book.

In the meantime I'm writing the follow up book, Garnet with a steady flow of the storyline playing like a movie in my head. The characters are telling me the story and I just have to type it. They live in me, constantly deciding new paths to take so I follow along to enjoy the ride. They fascinate me with their struggle and triumphs.

I can't wait to share them with the world, Stephanie J