Fillius Glint by Ditrie Marie Bowie
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What I’m Writing

Last month I shoved all other writing projects aside to focus on my debut novel, Fillius Glint. Here, in the final throes of self-publication preparation, I feel a bit like a newborn stumbling about in the dark. But that’s okay because, in the end, it isn’t about me at all. It’s about serving the story and entertaining readers.

 

But, clearly, no single book will entertain every reader. And in this hyper-paced world, the last thing I want to do is waste a potential reader’s time. So here’s a brief blurb I’ve prepared with non-spoiler elements of the novel which may be dealbreakers for some people:

In a dying universe, far, far, away, a not-so-professional stockbroker, a sassy shaman, and a phobic MMA fighter stumble upon the best-kept secret on the planet.

Contains:
-First and third person POV
-Multiple POVs
-Dialect
-Non-binary pronouns
-Multiple universes
-Clearly marked achronological timeline

Coming to ebook January 31st.

Cover art by Cydvolution Graphics

Fillius Glint by Ditrie Marie Bowie

If this seems like the kind of book you might enjoy, please stay tuned for official store links. I’m absolutely publishing on Amazon, but if there are other ebook outlets you’d like me to use, please let me know in the comments below.


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4 thoughts on “What I’m Writing”

  1. Ah, I’m enlightened. But a list of specs could scare me right off – unless, of course, it was there in print too small for me to read, like food labelling.

    And I can’t help wondering why the peevish vocalisers don’t have a look inside a book to see whether they like the writer’s style before deciding to read it.

    Fair enough to mention in a review, for example, that the way a writer handles shifts in POV is clunky, but that’s different from reading, reviewing, and trashing a book you knew you were going to hate from Chapter 1.

  2. This may be a naive question, but why the techie stuff about POVs, pronouns, etc (which surely would mean something only to other writers) instead of a slightly longer blurb to draw the reader into a story that may grab them?

    I smile when I see an unintentionally funny “contains language” warning on a TV movie, but I just don’t get what you’re doing here. Too old, perhaps, or too far away?

    1. I’ve come across people who refuse to read books containing each of these elements and are quite vocal about it on Goodreads, blogs, Twitter, and other outlets (which results in easily avoidable negative reviews).

      The list’s a quick way for readers with those pet peeves to avoid being annoyed by elements they hate. Think of it less as a content warning and more as a list of specs.

      As for the longer blurb, there is one forthcoming. With the holidays and all (Happy Three King’s Day!) I’m juggling quite a few pots on the stove.

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