Posts tagged ‘Publishing’

September 3, 2011

A Sequence of Untimely Events

This is the title for a longer project I wrote totalling circa 30,000 words. It’s fairly short even by novella standards but it’s too long and I spent too much time with it to consider it as a short story, even by other standards not just my own (see “Short Short Stories“). I’ll be publishing it a couple of pages at a time, and if you’d like to read it search it by category (Untimely Events). I’ll have to finish editing it before it goes up.

I might put up current things I’m writing, but these might change in their finished form.

The “genre” of A Sequence of Untimely Events would be science fiction/time travel, though I hate to limit it by that label. And “science fiction always sounds pulpy. My book’s about an indulgent book worm who gets asked by men from the “department” (or buruea, can’t remember) for a time machine he hasn’t invented. The department men admit they’ve come to early. From then on Book Worm has the thought of building the time machine and it goes from there. It’s what science people call a paradox. But (hopefully) funnier and more engaging.

Anyway, it will be going up. It’s not the best. The best is yet to come (maybe. if this is the best I’m screwed)

September 1, 2011

eBooks are Killing Paper

I haven’t got an Android or iPad or that, but I will confess before I write more, that I would like a kindle. To read eBooks. Because it looks good and I read too many books to carry around at once.

BUT I like the feel of a book. Like paper, and the smell of a new book, the odour of an old one. A hefty hardback is one of the most satisfying things to hold. To have the actual copy of a book is to own that copy. Once you’ve spent the required time with the novel you feel a little attached to it (I don’t, I’m just thinking for anyone else). You get to turn the pages (hence the term “page turner”, not “finger slide across the screen-er”). You can read any page you choose in a second.

You can call eBooks the new format if you want. They shouldn’t replace actual books. The Novel form is fairly new. Before the Novel fiction was recorded in epistolary novels (letters) and journal accounts. So a novel in a book used to be the “eBook” of its day.

eBooks look alright, but I wouldn’t give up having the paper in my hand.

September 1, 2011

How to get Published in 24 Hours

Anyone who read this and that you can get published easily or in 24 hours doesn’t know a lot about writing. Even if you have a book getting it onto a shelf ain’t easy.

I’m hoping to get published sometime, and since I’m still a younger writer maybe get guidance from a literary agent or editor. I’m not going to claim that I am the best writer in the world and I can make it on my own. Feel free to tell me otherwise, though.

Hopefully I’m going to put up some posts containing a few bits I’ve written, like short story things, and parts of longer novellas as well (totalling around 60,000 words. so i guess you’ll only bother with that if you REALLy like it or want to publish me with a particular urge. I wont put all 60,000 words at once, more like 6k or 1k at a time.)