Welcome to a proposal for a novel tentatively titled “Chrysalis Forged”
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Author: S L Davidian
About Me: Entrepreneur, family and food oriented, and wanting to express forward-thinking ideas through artistic means. Currently working part-time as CEO of the company my wife and I founded in the early 1990s. Writing has been a large part of my life since a very tender age. Examples of my “native” style can be best seen on these pages paying homage to Jane Austen.
MS Description: Single Title, Classically based Romantic Comedy in the tradition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The setting is 1980s Boston and suburbs, with scenes in New York city and Los Angeles. Target markets include those who are fans of Jane Austen fan fiction, and book clubs looking for multi-faceted works with many layers of meaning.
Short Synopsis: Ken falls in hate with a powerful woman, while she refuses to admit to herself that she has any feelings for him. Complications include: Family antics, career choices, business affairs, health, and an evil actress for added measure. Any chance of romance between Ken and his powerful crush fades, and the thrills crescendo when Ken’s younger brother elopes with the actress and steals the family fortune.
Titles: Since I have no idea what the market is like, I’m more than happy to defer to my professional experts; or agent if necessary. The working title has been Project V. However, alternate titles that have been considered along the way include these: Chrysalis Palace, Thorns on Roses, Project_V, Butterfly Pavilion, Becoming Butterflies, Sixteen-Eighteen, and 16/18. These last are a reference to proverbs declaring that pride goeth before destruction, etc.
Promotion: Note that one of the greatest unknowns in publishing a new work is the promotional ability of the author. These factors can be minimized as I have experience in front of audiences, have taken training as an actor, and have developed presentation routines for a variety of audiences. For example, in front of Jane Austen fans, there are a great number of items that already exist on my blog of which I could entertain (and sell books) for some time.
Long Synopsis: It’s 1980s Boston. Ken is a young, unemployed reporter moving into his parent’s house. He’s not having fun. He’s just met the most powerful woman in the world, and she’s fallen for him. Ken can’t stand her, and isn’t shy about telling her off.
Meanwhile, his brother meets a successful businesswoman who stoically suffers from PTSD. Ken is convinced that her family surrounds her constantly for protection, possibly for love, but primarily because they don’t like Ken’s brother. Ken also suspects they are behind the abrupt separation of the two, a separation that devastates his brother such that he throws himself into the new-fangled desktop computer.
Meanwhile a strange woman throws herself at Ken. He can’t stand her, and goes to his best friend for help. His friend makes the ultimate sacrifice by marrying her. Ken questions his friend’s sanity, but can’t stop him.
Ken finds solace in the arms of an actress who’s part of a travelling broadway production. Everyone is passionate about her, but she spends her free time with Ken. Ken knows it will take a lot of money to keep her interested in him. He’s right, and they drift apart.
Ken faces yet another disaster. His mom is ill, deathly ill. It has something to do with a relative – a doctor – who treated his mother as a patient years ago. Ken wants to know more, but his relatives can’t divulge anything more (or won’t). Ken starts researching, and what he learns upsets everything he knew about his family, about women, and most surprisingly, about that one powerful woman who had fallen for him.
Finally, the tragedy that almost breaks Ken’s spirit is when his younger brother runs off with the same actress Ken had dated earlier. They’d quit the acting company and went to Vegas to gamble, and possibly get married. One thing was certain, they emptied his father’s bank account.
What’s Ken to do? His older brother still pines for his first love, even if he denies it. His younger brother is in the clutches of a professional con artist. Dad’s business is on the brink of failure. Meanwhile his best friend is growing distant. Worst of all, his mother is dying and he doesn’t know why.
Somehow, from somewhere, help arrives for his younger brother and his father (rumor has it that a powerful woman is involved). Ken finally realizes that he has been in love with her all along.
And the funniest part of all? She is still in love with him. Neither of them discover their feelings until it’s too late. Both are certain they’ll never meet again. All hope is lost.
Can Ken put the rest of his life together? Can his brother ever be happy again? What might have happened if Ken and this powerful woman had met only one last time?
Welcome to Ken’s romantic world. You’re in for a ride.
Feedback: From five early (non-family) readers, the comments have been good. One reader even read the work twice in order to better discern background elements. She also did some research into the historical aspects of this story.
Current Status: No agent, no requests to read as of 190711.
Business Proposal: As a seasoned business-person, I know what it takes to invest in any new product. I also know that the chances for a successful return are also low, requiring so many planets to align before the success party begins. Assuming you agree that we have a minimally acceptable product (my writing and the novel) then we must address all other aspects that are hurdles to success.
My current understanding is that promotion is a large part of moving books. Therefore I have begun taking acting classes, as well as polishing various routines that would help generate additional views and exposures dedicated to moving our product. I am personable and communicative. I am capable of hiring specialists to create, optimize, and maintain a significant social media presence. I’m a team player willing to take direction from the project / product manager, my publisher. I’m also flexible and am not in dire need of funds in order to survive.
The very fact that I am a “minority” in the world of romance fiction may also be a plus. I also feel that by targeting specific, though significant, markets, I can focus the presentation to specifically those groups, enabling our message to be that much stronger.
The story has also been designed so that it could be presented in film. Additionally, it could easily be adapted so that the story requires several sequels taking place in each decade up to the present.
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This story has been strongly influenced by one of the best romantic psychological thrillers of all time, P&P.
Like P&P,every character has a deep backstory that influences their normal lives. Those backstories in turn illuminate great issues, so that the closer one reads the text, the more insight is gained into the human condition, the comedy that is daily life, and the forces that mold every individual’s romantic future.
My story is told primarily from a young man’s point of view, questioning his future professionally, economically, and romantically. His antagonist is the most powerful woman in the world, who is also torn between an instant attraction to his character, but repulsed by his lack of refinement or status.
Even as they wrestle with those issues, the story also touches upon the forces keeping families together, especially in a world where computers and mobile phones are emerging. The story also reflects society’s challenges with the entertainment industry and it’s stars. A political aside also exists, highlighting how our current administration can be found on many levels within politics. There is also great consideration taken of the masterpiece that is P&P, in that some of the better hidden elements of that masterpiece have been brought forward. Finally, there is an entire historical story that has been woven throughout, not only giving great momentum to the plot and justification for the protagonist’s actions, but for those who read closely enough, an action-spy-thriller whose own background strains the bounds of our imagination, yet is based upon history.
For additional enjoyment, an “easter-egg” or two has been woven throughout so that, eventually, someone can enjoy additional treats within these pages.