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Fanfic update

Posted July 31, 2015 into The Dave by John Birmingham

Yesterday morning I sent off the draft manuscripts for A Soul Full of Guns and A Protocol for Monsters. They both came in around the 30,000 word mark, which is probably still a bit long in terms of my work flow and productivity, but I just feel that's the length at which readers get full value for their money. Finishing those drafts freed up some time to let me dive into all the submissions for the fanfic-based e-book. At the moment I'm calling it Dave versus the Monsters: an Oral History of the Daemon Wars. But I'm open to catchier titles.

I moved all of the submissions from Google Docs into Scrivener and organised them into a very rough story arc. The word count at the moment is just over 36,000. Some of the pieces are very short, just a few hundred words. Some run to thousands of words. I'll be editing them all to bring them up to publishing standard. I will also be writing maybe a dozen or so of my own stories to act as narrative scaffolding. My best guess of how long this will take is a month, because I'm not doing this as a primary project. It's only getting about two hours a day.

Before it can go live, I have to complete the second 'giveaway' e-book, The Daemons of Buttecracke County. This is the origin story of the female sheriff we met briefly at the end of Ascendance. Sheriff Sheila May Robinson. It's a piece I first worked on two or three years ago, before coming up with the idea for The Dave, but one led naturally to the other. I have about 20,000 words in that manuscript, but it was structured with a view to publishing a novel of seventy to eighty thousand words. There'll be some work in adapting it to a shorter format.

As I explained originally, the anthology will go free forever upon release, and act as a 'funnel' (in marketing speak) to both the second book and the newsletter I'll be starting towards the end of the year. Buttecracke County will retail for a buck ninety-nine, but be available free to anybody who provides an email address for the newsletter.

On a quick read through yesterday, the fanfic anthology is looking really good. I'm open to the idea of sending out a beta version to a small number of people who'd be willing to read it looking for errors to correct. If you're interested let me know, but understand you be reading it as a subeditor, not just a reader.

21 Responses to ‘Fanfic update ’

NBlob puts forth...

Posted July 31, 2015

*Puts hand up*


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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted July 31, 2015
Pick me, pick me!

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insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted July 31, 2015
I will also put my hand up, and of course I have verifiable proofreading employment under my belt to boot.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted July 31, 2015
and I promise not to derive any enjoyment at all from the reading ... not a skerrick.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 31, 2015
*shakes fist*
You'd better not.

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damian puts forth...

Posted July 31, 2015
Subs I can do. Might need to see schedule before agreeing but

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Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 31, 2015
Need to buy a new eReader, my kobo is now a powered brick. Some reason the Kobo software just doesn't work. So how good are kindles? should I buy one of those?

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AuntyLou mumbles...

Posted July 31, 2015
Ummm...I have absolutely no qualifications beyond being *that* reader who yells loudly, "Did no-one edit this book!?!?" when finding typos. Also BA level reader & buckets of time. Oh and Rob...I have an older style Kindle which has always worked and does the job for me. Don't know about the new fancy ones.

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JBtoo mumbles...

Posted July 31, 2015
I'm a subby with time on my hands; would be honoured to assist.

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Grand Admiral Thrawn swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 31, 2015
i'm willing to give it a read, might not find anything, but i'll give it a go.

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Ceramic is gonna tell you...

Posted July 31, 2015
If i'm not too late, i'd like to give it a go. Is the way I did it before ok, or a bit cumbersome?

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Sparty asserts...

Posted July 31, 2015
Can't say its in my skill set (as any one who has read my posts can testify), however Mrs Sparty has done a lot of proof reading and editing so is very happy to help.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted July 31, 2015
I have beer and live sport on TV so therefore can't read. Who are you people?

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Rhino mutters...

Posted July 31, 2015
Murph looks a bit wan - I think you might be wearing him out. So, I'll step forward as a Seppo resource.

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MickH ducks in to say...

Posted August 1, 2015
Is this just for the monsters stuff? Will choice bits of "Queen of the Seven seas" ever see the light of day?

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ChrisB reckons...

Posted August 1, 2015
Sweet...now if I could just remember my dammed password to the site...

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Aaron asserts...

Posted August 1, 2015
do you get a freebie or a character if you come up with the name? Here's my go.
'The front was everywhere: A human history of the daemon wars'
I like this cause it hints at the asymmetric warfare unleashed by threshy and suggests a daemon version could exist, published by the scholari Grymm or something. That would be fun. Seriously, it could be the next wave of fanfic.

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sibeen mutters...

Posted August 1, 2015
I'll throw my hat into the ring.

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ShaneAlpha is gonna tell you...

Posted August 1, 2015
How about: "When Hell Walked the Earth - An Oral History of the Monster Wars"or"Unexpected Terror - An Oral History of the Daemon Incursions"or "Left without a Prayer : Survivors Tales of the Monster Wars"

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GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted August 2, 2015

Am willing to assist you JB in any all of your endeavours ... including reading the literary monsterly gems of other rival members of the 10,000 all vying for your affections and trying not to weep too much at their glorious daemon musings.

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Peter Bradley mumbles...

Posted August 4, 2015
If by subeditor you mean someone who is responsible for ensuring the correct grammar, spelling, house style and tone of the work, sorry way above my skill and pay grade.
I will leave it to those who know their participles from their gerunds

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