ROW80 - Edits are Done! Also, Research Library and Photos

Finally have some exciting news on the ROW80 front - I've finished editing Druid's Moon!

Just in time too, as I'm submitting it for the Harlequin eShivers fast track submission call (open till 2 August). All I have to do is fine-tune the cover letter and synopsis and write an epilogue and... Nothing's ever quite complete, is it?

And then, wow. I have a bit of breathing space to decide what-next? I'll share the novella with betas, of course (and hope they like it) but in the meantime...

I do have a short story to finish editing (and add 80 words to!) for another contest. As for a larger project - I've got last year's NaNoWriMo story to start typing up! Yup, I invoked the Luddite clause for that one. Or a brand new idea that's been percolating for some time... Set in Canada just after the Edwardian era.

Any of these are going to involve research. Yay!

Lori Benton, whose novel Burning Sky is out now!, had a post a while ago showing off her historical fiction research library.

Here are some of my books:

As for the research in general...

The short story involved research on the library at Alexandria:

The NaNo story, Captive of the Sea, is set in 15th Century London:

And the new idea... no title yet. I'm calling it Alice and George at the moment, after the main characters. This will be the first time in a long time that I'm writing a novel set in a historical period for which there's not only research but an abundance of contemporary accounts. Fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, newspapers, paintings, catalogues, portraits, photographs, timelines... I'm looking forward to it already!

I think it'll be set at a summerhouse in Muskoka, Ontario.

There will also be birds, kept by the main character's grandmother. I know nothing about birds as pets!

I found this photo of Henry Cavill in a magazine, but don't know who the photographer is and no longer remember which clothing line it was advertising. No matter, to me it looks like George! (before he breaks his leg)

Looky-here: goodies!

Thank you to Amara Royce for this exciting collection celebrating the release of Never Too Late!

What have you been researching lately?

Any exciting new blogs or blog posts you've come across?
(I feel badly visiting only once a week and don't want to miss out on any!)


A very big well done! I'm stuck on a book I've been editing too long. Wishing you every success.
Zan Marie said…
Whoo Hooo! Deniz, congrats on finishing editing. Chocolate, champagne, and confetti for you!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thank you Carole Anne! Wishing you the best on your edits!

Thanks so much Zan Marie!
Congratulations on finishing the edits!
And George must be Superman.
Before he breaks his leg of course.
Deniz Bevan said…
Ha ha! Now there's a genre I've never even tried, Alex!
Anonymous said…
Congratulations on your milestone!
M Pax said…
The Henry Cavill research would be a true hardship. :D

Yay on being almost there! I'm about to start revisions on my ms. It's due at the editor's 9/5. Can't wait to get it out the door.
Editors At Work said…
Congratulations on all the edits done Deniz! Well done, you!

Good luck with your submission to Harlequin, Deniz!!!!

I have a diary (published) from that time period, but I think the young woman was living in Halifax. I got it back when I wanted to write historical romances (which I never did).

Yesterday I was researching locations in Minneapolis. A chapter in my current WIP is based on something that happened to me, but I couldn't get the details to work with the story because of the difference in locations. The Finnish consulate in Edmonton was in a fancy hotel. Not so for Minneapolis. So I had to change the character's reason for going to the hotel. Still worked at least.
S.P. Bowers said…
Good luck with Druid's Moon!
Carrie-Anne said…
Congratulations on finishing your edits!

I love historical research. It's such a special part of writing a historical. Right now, I'm looking forward to researching the experiences of a typical American soldier and Marine during WWII, and specifics about rationing on the homefront. I'm also going to be researching the Nazi invasion of Iran in September 1941.
Anonymous said…
Good luck on your submission and yay on the edits.
alberta ross said…
well done - and good luck:) research well on going research on agriculture and old warfare - just beginninh one on work horses - then for my fanatsy ch:)ecking those huge missing millions of years n out evolutionary tree as I planning on creating 'the missing link'!
Shah Wharton said…
Yey! Congrats!

I've been researching editing, publishing and writing (as always!) plus cover creation for my print cover and formatting for the file. Ive got all that done now, too. *Squee.

I've just finished editing one novel (and re-published it) but have to dive into the re-writes of the second novel in the series. *Groan!

Best of luck with the submissions, too.

Shah X
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks everyone!

It's fun working stuff like that out, Stina.

I love hearing about everyone's research areas!
nutschell said…
Hurray for finished edits! Time to take a break and enjoy some bubbly:)
Hi Deniz .. you have lots going on - great that you've completed your novella Druid's Moon ..

While I love the idea of researching the library at Alexandria and looking into Medieval London = so much!!

Fun to hear about later .. cheers Hilary
Misha Gericke said…
Congrats on finishing your edits!

I totally would read more about George. :-P
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, nutschell, Hilary and Misha!
Crystal Collier said…
Ontario, eh? That sounds awesome. I was laughing at your picture Henry Cavill--not because there's anything funny about it, but because my editor just confessed she's picturing him as one of my characters. I think he must be a hot item right now. The next Brad Pitt?
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi, Deniz,

CONGRATS on finishing your latest work! GOOD LUCK! I hope they accept it!

Always keeping busy.... that's great!

Thanks for the cheers for my newest venture. Any time you need a cover... I'm here for you!

I just submitted an entry for Myths and Legends Anthology... So I hope I get accepted. It was the first piece I wrote in a while.

Hope you have an awesome weekend!
Deniz Bevan said…
That is funny Crystal! That's why I usually try to stay away from popular faces... it was the suit that got to me, I swear!

Oooh, best wishes for your submission, Michael! *throws good luck confetti*
Thanks so much, Deniz, lovely to see you at the Cake and Custard.
Anonymous said…
Way to go! I subbed something to Harlequin too -- never thought I'd say that, but they were open to space opera, and my novella is in need of a good home. Now to get Fabio to pose for the cover...
Trisha F said…
Wahoo, congrats on finishing your edits!! I love that feeling of knowing you can move onto a new (or old but still new at the present time, you know?) project.
Denise Covey said…
You've been pretty busy Deniz. I wish you all the best for Druid's Moon in the comp. And your short story too! I have a lot of research to do on my Afghanistan story. May take me the rest of my life! I love research though, so no problem.
Danette Baltzer said…
Congrats on finishing your edits! Your research looks enjoyable.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thank you Carole Anne!

Good luck, Milo! Hmm, Fabio in a space helmet... The mind boggles.

Thanks Trisha and Danette!

I love research too, Denise!

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