Welcome to the final day of The Belgrave Legacy Blog Series. This series started on September 20, 2016.
You can see all my past posts on this page:
From First Draft to Publication
Two of the previous posts, Day 1 and Day 2, talk about the beginnings of The Belgrave Legacy, both the inception of the idea and a few examples of how the first draft has changed in transforming into the published version of The Belgrave Legacy that was released yesterday (you can find all the buy links below).
Today, I'm going into a bit more into the functional details alluded to in both of those other posts (mostly, the timeframe it took from start to finish).
After reading Day 1's post, you know how the idea and Chapter 1 came to to be. What I didn't mention there is that I wrote a whole draft in a month during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an awesome writing campaign that gets authors to be productive and brings literacy programs into schools all over the world.
But that was just the beginning. It took me 2 years to write a first draft of The Belgrave Daughter (what was going to be Book 1 of The Belgrave Legacy trilogy). And then I revised it for another year. As I was going through more than eight different revisions, I also wrote first drafts of Tears of an Angel and The Witch’s War (which became Prophecy).
I “finished” The Belgrave Daughter, revised Tears of an Angel, and based on feedback from my early readers, I then decided to forget the trilogy idea and make it all into one book. And that involved moving bits from Part 1 to 2, deleting extraneous subplots from Part 2, and heightening the tension in Part 3 (you can read more about this in Day 2's post). This penultimate stage took place during the second half of my high school senior year and first quarter of my college freshman year.
And then the tweaking began anew in January 2016 as I tried to refine the story to its fullest potential and to the best of my ability before sending it to critique partners, making more changes, sending it to an editor, and the final cleanup. It wasn’t until May 2016 that I was able to officially call this manuscript completed. September 2016 is when the print cover was designed, and the rest is history.
It’s taken over 5 years (starting from The Belgrave Daughter’s first draft, all the writing periods and all the long gaps in between, and ending with this final version of The Belgrave Legacy that you’re now holding) for me to reach this point. And what a wild journey it’s been!
About The Belgrave Legacy
Title: The Belgrave Legacy
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
eBook ISBN-13: 978-0-9864279-4-7
eBook Length: 217 pages
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A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn doesn't believe in magic. But when she is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, she must learn to control her powers.
Caleb is sick of Hell. But when a simple seduction becomes complicated by real feelings, he is forced to pick between keeping his past or fighting for his future.
Can this young witch navigate a dangerous world with the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her by her side?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance novel with a feminist twist. Filled with magic, witches, angels, demons, Zara Hoffman's "coming of age" story will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,