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The Baneseeker Project

Posted: January 1, 2023

Your chance to influence the development of a story
have your name included in a book!

Latest Update: 2023-08-03

Lyna and the Territories of Sij, by Eva ChristensenWith the new year come new endeavours and one of the most exciting projects on my list for this year is The Baneseeker Project. If you don't know anything about it, you're in the right place. And if you already know about it, tag along as you might just learn something new.

This will be a 'live' post, so visit often to get the latest updates on the project. You can also be notified via email by subscribing to The Red Dragon Insider, my newsletter.

Here is what you'll find on this page (you can expect this list to grow over the next months):

What is the Baneseeker Project?

The Baneseeker Project is an open-ended dark fantasy series titled The Baneseeker Chronicles, set in the World of Arvelas (the same setting as The Conclave).

Throughout the project, I'll be collecting feedback and suggestions from participating readers and adapt the direction of the series based on these comments. Readers whose ideas are selected will see their names included in the published versions of the stories.

How Do I Participate and Influence the Stories?

To join the project, you only need to read the stories and share your thoughts with me. Anyone can participate and you can do so at any point in the development of the story, including during the early drafts or after publication. Comments received early may be included in the current story, while comments received later may be included in subsequent instalments in the series.

To stay informed of when the stories become available, simply visit this page.

How Do I Get the Stories?

Depending on your preference (and level of patience), you can either get the stories as early drafts or after publication.

Early Drafts

This version of the stories will be made available, one chapter per week, before editing and publication. This will allow you to provide your feedback early in the process, with the chance of having your ideas included in the final version of the story. You can access this version by receiving it in your inbox by becoming a Baneseeker Follower and subscribing here.

After Publication

If you want to wait for the whole and final story, you can do so and read it once it's published in e-book or print formats. Comments submitted at this stage will be incorporated in later stories in the series. You can access this version by visiting the series section of www.sceston.com.

What's New?

The first story of the series is done and will be shared shortly (see schedule below). I'll reveal the title at that time as well.

For more information about what is coming next, see the schedule below.

Here is a complete list of what has been completed so far:

    2021-11: NaNoWriMo 2022: Completed initial draft of story #2 and started story #3
    2021-12: Eva Christensen completed a painting of Lyna di'Stavan, standing in front of the accursed Territories of Sij
    2022-01-13: Done chapter 8 of book #3 (first draft)
    2022-01-17: Done chapter 9 of book #3 (first draft)
    2022-01-19: Done chapter 10 of book #3 (first draft)
    2022-02-12: ON HOLD for the past few weeks - Editing of The Stranger of Ul Darak
    2022-02-21: Special newsletter created - Become a follower to receive new chapters directly in your Inbox.
    2022-02-27: Delays, due to sickness and working on the illustrations for The Stranger of Ul Darak.
    2022-03-07: Started work on the official story synopsis.
    2022-04-05: Started preparations for sharing the first chapter.
    2022-04-17: Sharing of the story is put on hold, pending the completion of the synopsis.
    2022-04-24: Looking into potential funding options for the project.
    2022-06: Completed official back cover blurb of book 1.1.
    2022-07: Working on covers for book 1 to 4.
    2022-07: Sending chapters of book 1, 'Surrender', to interested readers.
    2022-07: Completed cover of book 1, 'Surrender'!

What's Happening Next?

Although the schedule might change, for now this is where the project stands:

  • 2023 July to September: Early draft of first book (1.1) available for reading and feedback
  • 2024 January to March: Early draft of second book (1.2) available for reading and feedback
  • 2024 May: Publication of first book (1.1)
  • 2024 July to September: Early draft of third book (1.3) available for reading and feedback
  • 2024 November: Publication of second story (1.2)

More updates soon!

Keywords:  Arvelas , Dark Fantasy , Fantasy , Writing


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