Holbrook Holbrook I love the concept you seem to have. Though I feel you are not quite doing it justice with your synopsis. The steam era element is a recent (fun) movement in fantasy and I like the Dickian touches as well (Phillip Dick) with the Glimpser. That said, I'm not sold on the use of "glimpser" as your term for what she does. It doesn't feel quite "there" yet, to me. Regardless, the recent movement of "new weird", which I haven't read.... and which I feel is inspired by anime more than this China Mieville (someone said my last piece felt a bit like Milton writing Perdido St Station.... both of which I haven't read....). So, I think this is a good time for your novel, quite frankly. Editors are looking for this sort of thing. The industrial fantasy. I'm not that the setting comes across fully in your query so far. Feel free to email me and I'll read further versions. Though, I think I've already proven that I suck at my own queries.... lol I'll have to check out that chapter on the workshop (is it still up?... under what name, etc?). Anyway, I just want to say I think you've likely got something for today's audience. I know what you mean about taking a long time to make the book match the "vision". It's a long process. What I tend to do now is to write while excited and NOT rewrite until the whole draft is finished. So, I finish the first draft. Do a rewrite to flesh things out and let it sit. Get started on another. Then, I start parsing off chapters into workshops and saving the critiques. After several months, then I dive in a bit again and try to polish. If I rewrote while in the first stages, I'd try to make it perfect and I'd never finish at all! Good luck and it sounds interesting!