Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The end of your book

Yet again it's been a while, and I have only myself to blame.  In case you're curious, I've actually been spending most of my time writing New Life and outlining instead of going on the internet.  No worries, I am alive and I have seen your comments/posts.  Thank you for the ongoing support everyone!

Today I'm addressing that question we all ask ourselves over and over again.  When you get to the end of your book, how can you know it's the end.  The question is indeed very important because you have to make a decision about what to do next.
Whether your manuscript is fantasy, romance, horror, or even nonfiction for that matter no one can tell you when you're done.  When you finish your book you'll know.  How cliche, right?  It's true, however, that when you finish your own book you get that feeling.  You should know that it's entirely done, and if you should chose that this is the book you will send out to publishers and agents then you need to make that choice because this is undoubtedly your best work.
The other day someone asked me if I was certain Cursed with Power is the book I want to get published.  I told them that I was certain because I've put my whole heart and soul into that book, and if it isn't my best work then I would not ever dream of having another book come before it.
A lot of times we take what we underestimate ourselves.  We say, "Oh, I just wrote 1000 words it's no big deal."  And you'll tell your friends and family that, but the writing community knows otherwise.  You need to be proud of your work, you need to show all the skill and talent you have.  Yes, you will receive a rejection a few times or maybe multiple times, but you have to believe in yourself and believe in your work. It's a two way street; you must show your work and promote it in order for someone to recognize it for you.

And no matter what anybody tells you, don't pay a publisher.  Take it from somebody who's been there and back, you would not be happy with the outcome.
Find your ending to that book, show the world what you have to offer, and someday who knows maybe we'll be reading your book in a library or bookstore.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Be there for the magic: www.themagiciansseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Guilty as charged

Would it be an understatement if I said it's been a while?  Sorry it's been so long everyone.  I'm really trying to catch up to myself, and over these past... How long has it been?  Well, during my MIA time period I have been busy at work.

Do you accept my apology? ---->

Seeing as I've got a lot of work ahead of me, let me try to catch up with myself on this blog.  Is that possible?
Well, I have been spending a lot of time on New Life.   Post-it-notes have became an essential in my life, and I have also been reading over Cursed with Power.
I will also admit I've been attempting to figure out the order in the Magicians series.  Not that it affects any of your lives at this moment, but I have to decide whether the third book becomes the fourth book and the fourth book becomes the third... Pretty much. My mind is blown.
And whether Leal came into my dream the other night or not I cannot say.  Maybe a mentioning of his name did...

Hope everyone's enjoying their week.  I've got writing to do before I lose any ideas and... revisions.  (Dreaded word.)  I'll give a better update when I have the time; don't worry, I haven't fallen off the center of the Earth.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Be there for the magic: www.themagiciansseries.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Upcoming: New Life, sequel to Cursed with Power

Perhaps I've never understand after all this time, Léal.  This time I'm ready to listen.  I want to know.

Léal returns in New Life to narrate the sequel of Cursed with Power.  Even though we met him in the first book, we learn a lot about him in this upcoming sequel.  He tells us of dangerous secrets, fears, and of the magical world.   

It's 1573 and Léal has become accustomed to the dirty looks towns people give him and the poor condition his mother is in.  However, everything spins around for him when an announcement becomes public about five Dark magicians remaining alive.
His best friend, Alaire, returns to the city of Celvont.  He's changed after the years and there is a bitterness in his tone.   It may be perhaps because of the engagement his fiancee ended or simply the darkness.  Having no family and no one to love, he has become a man with nothing to lose.
There's Celestria, who Léal meets in Deloys for a short period of time.  He is instantly attracted to her, but she shows no emotions toward him and pushes him away.
With Esmour dead and lives at stake, hope is hanging by a thread.  Alaire's health declines, Léal falls in love with a woman who has no interest in their relationship, and fate has twisted the world into chaos.  The lives of five people may lay in the hands of a dead man. 
 In the new upcoming sequel, you'll learn more about the magical world.  You can finally determine for yourself what to think of Léal.  More importantly, familiar characters return in a journey about destiny and fate.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Be there for the magic: www.themagiciansseries.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 7, 2011

400th post!

The 400th post!  And it has been an extremely busy week for me, for any of you who might have been wondering.  Last night I came home from the mall and literally just fell asleep the second I stepped into my room.

Today, I want to have a moment of reflection.  After all, don't we need to reflect on ourselves now and then? Writing is something you need to enjoy, especially when you're marketing your book to agents and publishers.  It's the process you go through before querying that needs to be the experience of a lifetime.  What is it we enjoy and are excited about?  Is it our characters, the plot, the new ideas racing through our mind?

When I first came up with the plot for Certain Fate I was overjoyed.  You may recall me talking about it, and I remember on another site I was talking about it every day.  The idea was new and fresh, the characters were mysterious, and all I could think about was writing the next chapter and the next one and so forth.
Then summer came and despite how I had already started that book, Cursed with Power was begging me to give it a chance.  I wasn't sure if I could leave my criminal in Certain Fate for a magician in Cursed with Power whose attitude even I felt uncertain about.  Even so, I changed where I was heading and started working on the book I've now been working with for an entire year.  Of course we could always say suppose I did something different, suppose I had stayed with Levenaude instead of taking a chance with Celestria.

Well, here we are and I'd have to say --Levenaude forgive me for this--I'm happy with the choice I made.  Who knows, maybe you guys are too.
Lindsey R. Sablowski
Be there for the magic: www.themagiciansseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Very exciting news!

Cursed with Power has finally received an acceptance!  (I had my mini-heart attack this morning.)  This is extremely exciting news for the book, as I'm sure it may be for those of you who have read over the past year.

As you can imagine, this has literally blown me away and made me an extremely happy person.  I've got a lot of work ahead of me, but it's definitely worth it all.  I'll try to have more of an update later on with all the details and everything.  Right now I'm trying to refocus on revisions, so after I post here and on the Magicians series blog it's back to work for me.

I did, however, finish the table of contents and acknowledgments page before I came on here.  :)

Overall, yeah this is a nice way to end the day.  Thoughts, reactions?
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Be there for the magic: www.themagiciansseries.blogspot.com