The translation of plot and text from the mind to paper is a rigorous process in and of itself. Even further, the same text’s following bouts of revision can take indeterminate collections of hours, dedication and thought. In the end, many writers hope to reach the point at which their crafted text can be published and distributed. However, only a select few are able to relish in such an accomplishment.
Former Boise State mathematics major and current English major at the College of Western Idaho, Dayna Daniel is one of those writers. Having completed her novel after returning home for the summer, Daniel is in the process of having her book published by a local publishing company. With artists lined up to illustrate a map of her fantasy world and the cover art for the first installment of her two-part short series, Daniel is finally seeing the evolution of an idea that sparked her interest in the fifth grade.
“My best friend had scribbled on my math assignment while she was grading it. I took one look at the scribble and added arms, legs and eyes. I named it Kiserg the Kentor,” said Daniel, who later wrote a short story about the scribble creature, and eventually, fleshed the whole idea out in novel format.
Daniel’s novel follows the plight of Terra Lumis, the last of the Bithus, otherwise known as the human counterparts to the Kentor creatures that Daniel created during her elementary school days. Set in a new world of fantastic creatures, the book highlights the overthrowing of corrupted Kentor in favor of the last pure one in chapters of “survival, freedom, and love.”
“Writing has been something I’ve wanted to pursue since I wrote short stories back in the fifth grade,” Daniel said. “My only problem was finding the inspiration to write a full-on novel that would be gripping with hardly any fluff.”
Having tried his own hand at getting published several times, aspiring writer James Jensen generally submits poetry and shorter works to literary magazines.
“They’ve mostly been the same,” he said, referring to the magazines’ selection personnel. “I’ll send something to a magazine, and a few months later they send me a letter rejecting it.”
But, despite his experiences with rejection, Jensen still aims to pursue writing as an optimal and fulfilling career so that “I don’t have to waste my time doing anything else.”
“Publishing is not easy, and it’s not cheap no matter which route you take,” said Daniel.
She continued to encourage aspiring writers to asses just how involved they want to be in their published pieces. Daniel chose a local publisher so that she could have more control over her final product than a more corporate publishing company could offer.
Former Boise State English professor and now current full-time screenwriter and novelist Clay Morgan explained that the publishing process can potentially take equal, if not more, time than the actual process of writing and editing a piece.
Daniel said that getting everything together for her novel was the hardest and most time consuming part of the publishing process. She had to choose an editor, select artists and set things in place for the process to actually begin.
“I think most good writers are not interested in putting all that effort in, which results in their not getting published,” Morgan said.