Well, look at that! We're finally here. I feel like we all just took a massive car ride together and managed to go out of our way to stop at every Maccas (in search of Szechuan sauce - of course - Rick and Morty fans). Which is okay. For the best, really. Because, during that time, SOUL has had the chance to grow so, so much.
Before I continue with the usual heart fest of my journey and what it means to me - HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN FOR WINNING THE SOUL GIVEAWAY!! With over 400 entries, I am completely over the moon with the response - so thank you for getting involved if you did. I really appreciate it.
Now, let's get into it!
SOUL has been a four year project. It started with the first incomplete draft being caught by REUTs Founder, Ashley Ruggirello, on Figment in 2013. Followed by her Head Editor, Kisa Whipkey, giving me some pointers as I completed it. March: I submitted to their publishing agency. April: we had a signed contract. What proceeded after that, was years of on/off drafting and marketing and multiple release dates that were later shanked. And SOUL continued to grow during it all. It evolved and levelled into quite the beast unlike its original form and I couldn't be happier.
Yes, the amount work that has gone into this story is crazy - by all parties involved. There are so many I need to thank - from those at REUTs who endured with me, my friends and BETAs who put up with me, my family for their support, and my fans who waited. Indeed, so much work and time has gone into SOUL. But that doesn't make it perfect, and, I like it like that. Because nothing is perfect, and SOUL is literally a capsule of my abilities for the past few years. A signpost in my life.
Don't get me wrong - I have tried to make SOUL a form of perfection - but the mere concept of perfection is an elusive and subjective ideal. You could spend forever on perfection and have it evade you. The mere fact is, as more times passes, the more you grow and learn, and the more outdated your manuscript becomes, meaning it requires more updates, meaning more time passes, meaning you enter a ruthless, unending cycle. And at the end of the day - your perfection is another's bane. That's okay, too. That's excellent!
But, the point is, you need to know when it's time to say goodbye (cue: Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman). And today, is the start of me saying Goodbye to A Soul to Take and giving it to you - the reader - to love or hate; to do with as you wish.
We have finally reached our destination.
SOUL is a story that I personally love and can read again and again. It holds a special place in my heart. But now I move onto bigger things. Well, I return to my university assessment which I'm currently in the heat of - but I also move onto A Soul to Wither (Soul Stealers 2) which I already know is going to be a completely different creature from TAKE, the UNMASK ME rewrite (which I WILL complete - eventually), and another standalone novel.
So, we still have the car and it is just waiting to set off again on the next journey and I can't wait to get back into it; hopefully with even more of you joining me this time. I love company.
But, for now. Please say hello to Elixia and her friends.
I hope they treat you well, and that you love them in return, as I love them.
C l i c k a l i n k t o g o t o S O U L.