Dear People I Don't Know But Already Like: Hi! I just discovered this forum, but I think it's pretty awesome. This is now my second post. I recently published my first short story collection (via Amazon), and I want to get more serious about my writing. I have been writing stories ever since I was little, but I keep prioritizing other things over my writing. (Well, I actually am a professional writer. Just not a professional fiction writer.) Anyway, I'm gradually trying to change that now, and I have an idea I would like to run by you good folks. I have honestly never been a big fan of steampunk or vampire/werewolf fiction, but what I want to write incorporates those in a way that I think is fresh and new. I don't want to give too much away, but I would like to tell you a little about it to see what you think: When explorers discovered the New Land, they found cities, roads, canals, towers, castles, and temples - but no people. For a century now, the dispossessed and ambitious have been crossing the sea to claim their own little piece of the New Land, and with industrial technology now taking a foothold, the new motley society is expanding and developing at an alarming rate. In the Western Mountains, prospectors have reopened ancient mines, and the riches pouring forth are drawing people from all over the world to settle there. However, there are whispers that something sinister or marvelous lies dormant there between rock and shadow, and various powerful forces are gathering around in the hope of either controlling it, saving it, or destroying it. (I wrote that just now, by the way. I haven't actually made an outline or anything.) I intend to have a mix of beings something like what we see from high fantasy, only they will be of my own invention instead of the usual elves, dwarves, gnomes, trolls, etc. - with two groups bearing striking resemblances to werewolves and vampires. I want to write short books, each focusing on a different character and giving a different perspective of related events. What do you think? Does this sound interesting to you? Would you pay to read something like this? What would I have to do to make it good? What dangers do I need to make sure to be aware of? I would really like to hear your opinions. Thanks!