Followers of my blog will remember my excitement about my latest work The Guardian's Tree. Quite possibly the most original story I've ever conceived, I dove into it and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Soon after the idea hit me I was invited to submit the manuscript, when finished, to Flaming Pen Press.
Last night I heard back from the publisher and was totally blown away by the response:
"The Guardian's Tree" is the best work of fiction, to date, that has been submitted to Flaming Pen Press. I am a picky reader and rather slow. I started reading TGT last night and finished today! You hooked me from the beginning and pulled me along for a surprising, artful allegory.
The writing is excellent (reminded me of Bryan Davis's best) and I think we could launch a very sucessful seires out of the TGT storyline.
This, for me, is very high praise! Scott Appleton, owner of FPP and author of The Sword of the Dragon series (whom I met if you remember), is indeed a very picky reader. I was expecting a response along the lines of "Well...it's a good story" but this just blew me away. I am very excited about his reaction!
Plus, I am a huge fan of Bryan Davis, so to be compared to him means a lot.
Scott continued to say that though the story was phenomenal as is, he feels there is tons more story that can be told. He suggested that I expand the current TGT plot line into a novel and eventually a series of novels. After providing some suggestions on plot additions, he then invited me to re-submit if I decided to write a novel.
This poses me with a serious question.
Do I halt work on The Fire to start expanding TGT? Do I even make TGT into a novel? Do I continue my plans to go to the ACFW writer's conference this fall (where I planned to pitch The Fire)? And what do I do over the summer?
I will halt all work on The Fire, maybe outline here and there but pretty much stopped. I will focus all efforts on the new TGT series. At the moment I am jotting down ideas for plot expansions. I will still go to the conference where I will pitch TGT's first novel, assuming it's finished in time. I'll weigh my options after the conference and decide what to do with the manuscript then.
I was brainstorming this afternoon and I'm really excited to get working on this expansion! Trust me, this is going to be one must read :) [says the non-biased writer]
Anyhow, I'm posting to let you all know that TGT is so far having huge success! Please pray that I decide as God wills for the story.
Thanks for the support!
To the end,Nathan
EDIT - If you would like to read two scenes from the novella version, you can! Go here if you're interested!