- Title: The Fall of an Empire
- Genre and sub-genres: Historical Fiction, Drama, Romance(kinda)
- Description(very rough, sorry . I suck at descriptions):
Upon receiving a letter from the Emperor of China inviting the daughter of the Wang Clan to journey to the Capital and marry into royalty, the Wang Clan officially decides to join the ever-growing Anti-Imperialist group.
Wang Lei, daughter of Wang Yao, the self-proclaimed man of reason as to why Emperor Li is Emperor, finds herself thrown into the middle of a twenty-five-year-old nation-wide feud for the crown as a spy for a treasonous group she has never even heard of before.
However, before Wang Lei even has a chance to make it very far outside the walls of her Clan, she finds herself being held captive by the very man at the center of the Anti-Imperialist group, Da Fei Hong, the son of the deceased previous Emperor of China along with her husband-to-be, Crowned Prince Li Jun. Now, roped into what seems to be an entirely different plan, Wang Lei is juggled between life and death as the safety of the nation balances in the palm of her hand.
Faced with many challenges along the way, Wang Lei must put aside personal feelings and fight for the truth on what is right and what is wrong not only for China but for herself as the Empress-to-be.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and Wang Lei can’t wait to give those words a new meaning.
First things first, this is a very very very rough first draft. So, if you’re willing to be working with me for months and have to put up with my self doubt(amoung other things that will no doubt give you a headache) then please come to my rescue! This is the first draft I have ever completely finished. It took me 5 months to write it. I’ve been done for about two or three weeks now and I’ve been slowly skimming through(who am I kidding? I’m on chapter three). But the thing is, I already know what needs to be fixed. And that is driving me insane. I want to fix the obvious things so badly but I am trying to wait while I have a few writer friends look over it for me.
So, I’ve decided I need more eyes on the project. People who I don’t know personally who will freely tear my baby apart, possibly making me cry but definitely helping me in the long run. So, if you like to be brutally honest, then please help me!
I need people to catch minor things. I know what needs to be worked on(for example, adding more scenes of specific characters(I wrote out of order so the ending is not really connected with the beginning and middle since some characters are very prominent in the end but not in the beginning so I need to filter them in more). I also need to work on character development(I’m hoping to get someone who specializes in that because I seriously suck at it. I’m ashamed to admit it but I seriously have such a hard time finding my character’s voices). I know the POV and tense needs help(it’s written in present tense but sometimes I slip into past. POV is 3rd, which I’ve never tried before so I have a lot of head-hopping in scenes and I read that that’s wrong so…))
For the first read-through, I’m hoping to just gain some insight as to what seems to be working and what doesn’t. Along with your feel of the characters(are relatable or too paper-feeling?) and some help with plot holes and such, just so I know where to start with the second draft. To be honest, at this point I’m not too concerned with grammar because that can be fixed last after all needed scenes are written and the plot is fixed up and makes sense.
This leads me into my second point. I am searching for three different types of beta readers, I guess. Ideally, I would like 5-10 beta readers(just people who will read from a readers perspective), 5-10 sensitivity readers(since i am not Chinese, I imagine I have some cultural things wrong, even though I researched a lot) and 5-10 critique partners(people who will read it from a writer’s perspective). That seems like a lot of people but each group will be looking at something different for me. Plus I imagine some won’t want to stick around throughout the different drafts due to multiple reasons(loss of interest, time, unknown reasons etc etc). So if you want to work with me please tell me which group you would like to be in.
On a side note, I would also like to create a group chat(maybe?) with you all, just so we can all chat together sometimes though I imagine it will probably be more one-on-one or through comments.
Now, I will be sharing my book with you through google docs which makes me extremely nervous because I am extremely paranoid. So if you want to steal my book/idea just don’t, please. That’s a lot of paperwork for court and I can assure you I will win.
Anyways, back to the point. I am hoping you will want to work with me for a long time. I can beta read for you at any time and maybe if you like my writing you can become a regular beta reader for me and vise versa. Basically, I am looking for people who like longevity in relationships(of all kinds) since we will be entering a “business” relationship(ew that sounds too serious.)
I do work full time and I am looking for a part-time job as well(bc ur girl is broke) but I will always have time for TFOAE, even if it does take me a day or two to get back to you. Also, sorry this post is all over the place, my brain works faster than my fingers can type and then before i know it word vomit
If you have any questions shoot me a PM! Or comment it down below!
EDIT: I forgot to mention a payment…
I’m a broke 19-year-old girl working my ass off in the medical field as an underpaid CNA, so money is out of the question. I don’t like the idea of vote for vote/read for read/follow for follow so I don’t WANT to do that but if that’s the payment you desire then fine. I was thinking more along the lines of sending an ARC once I finish the book. Or a signed copy once I get published, whether I do it traditionally or self. And a copy of the sequel as well. Or if you beta read for me and find you hate my story then maybe I can beta read for you? Or anything you want, minus money(lol). Really, it all depends on what you want in return, I am very open to terms of payment.