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Book schedule changes

Posted March 28, 2017 into Writing by John Birmingham

I've been looking at my sales figures and my schedule for the year and have decided to tweak the order in which I work on this year's titles. I'm deep into The Cruel Stars at the moment and will kick on with that for another five or six weeks.

I had intended to then start WW 3.1, but I'm going to push that back to second half of the year to concentrate on The Golden Minute (or Girl in Time 2, if you prefer) and then a mass market thriller called Sleeper Agent.

Why?

The numbers. I'll make a lot more money off Golden Minute, and have been accepted into a box set deal for Sleeper Agent, so they get priority.

I'm still doing WW 3.1 and Stronghold (Dave 4) but they'll be released for Father's Day and Christmas respectively

And I'm still looking for fan fic across the the various storyworlds if people are interested.

22 Responses to ‘Book schedule changes’

NBlob would have you know...

Posted March 28, 2017
I'm a little surprised the spooky blue AI allows such fripperies to influence scheduling.

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jason ducks in to say...

Posted March 29, 2017
JB,

Is there a word length limit for the fan fic stuff. I just figured if it goes to far we cant list you as a primary author so lose some visibility.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 29, 2017
Hmm. Interesting question. I guess about 8000 words if you got that in you.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 30, 2017
Sounds like you have a plan there John. And after all, you're the one writing for food.

Me, I'll puchase and read anything you want to publish when it's available.

Btw, I found/ recovered the AoT story I wrote for the original fan fic festival on Journalspace all those years ago. Is it ok to polish and resubmit that one?

I do have a follow-up story in early development too. Must get cracking on that.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted March 30, 2017
Yep. Happy to take pre-loved fanfic

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted March 30, 2017
Like Surtac I'm happy with anything! Although the next installment of The Dave would be nice....but The Golden Minute would be cool too.

As I'm rereading the AoT books at the moment I am moved to ask: has any cash rich folks talked about movie/TV treatments of...well...anything? Mind you, any of your stories would be bloody expensive and special effects laden. Hence the 'cash rich' thing.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted March 30, 2017
All sorts of movie and tv people have expressed an interest at various times. But movie and tv people are infamous bullshitters.

Rob would have you know...

Posted March 31, 2017
TV people are the worst (I'm shooting some TV on Monday, this sentence is bought to you by ironic detachment)

Bondiboy66 mutters...

Posted March 31, 2017
Yes there is that BS factor in the televisual game...I seem to recall Harry Harrison had sold the movie/TV rights to his Stainless Steel Rat books several times. People bought the rights with a time limit to make something, they would then NOT do it, rights went back to Harry who flogged them off again. I understand he was quite happy with this arrangement!

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Rob has opinions thus...

Posted March 31, 2017
should be the Dave for fathers day.

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Dave The Siberian Hamster mumbles...

Posted April 3, 2017
Have you thought of doing them as a Manga Series?

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Dave The Siberian Hamster mumbles...

Posted April 3, 2017
Have you thought of doing them as a Manga Series?

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Dave C ducks in to say...

Posted April 3, 2017
Plan looks good. Am intrigued what a JB mass market title will look like? Pretty sure there'll be less swinging demon junk and waking up with gladiators. Mental note to self, gotta bludgeon my keyboard to squish out my next twisted fan mash...

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Elie Abitbol has opinions thus...

Posted April 13, 2017
Hi John,

I'm a big fan of The Axis of Time and Stalin's Hammer. I just finished reading Paris and i can't wait to read WW 3.1 ! You ended Paris in quite a dramatic cliffhanger and i really want to know what happens next.
Please keep me updated on the release date.

Kind regards,

Elie

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted April 14, 2017
Hey Elie. If you're on my newsletter you'll hear all about it.
You can sign on at jbismymasternow.com

NBlob mutters...

Posted April 14, 2017
Elie, be forewarned- JB's scheduling can be described a "fluid," "dynamic," or perhaps even "mercurial" in so much as He promises explodey Space Opera and delivers, well with all due respect, a pair of old coots rabbiting on about sport, music, booze & artisnal cheeses.

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Eric Willhelm asserts...

Posted April 20, 2017
Fair enough and understandable. I eagerly await WW 3.1 but in the mean time, I'll just keep using the Without Warning setting for my table top Role Playing Game.

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Jack S ducks in to say...

Posted April 20, 2017
I just want to know what happened to poor old Buster Cherry. Re-read the books recently but couldn't find his specific demise. Probably killed in Hawaii?

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted April 26, 2017
Hmm. I was pretty sure he died in Hawaii. I'll have to check.

NBlob reckons...

Posted April 26, 2017
I seem to remember Buster taking up with Rosanna & a 12 gauge shotgun, then coming undone in a techno colour manner.

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Unpossible swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 9, 2017
Hi John;

Maybe I already mentioned before, but I'm working on a Super Dave fan fiction. Its set in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, and draws a bit on old Dayak legends about monsters, magic swords, heros, super powers, and other stuff from the old days. Hope its welcome. M

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Don Bagert would have you know...

Posted May 10, 2017
Y'know, it never occurred to me until I re-read this message that Father's Day might be on a different date in Australia than in the U.S. And it is - September 3 in Australia rather than June 18 in the United States. (September 3 is Labor Day in the U.S.) Ten-and-a-half additional weeks of waiting for WW3.1!!!! :(

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