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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:39 AM   #31
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@Belisarius: Thanks and congratulations for reopening the thread. Great stuff, that.


Great stuff, Jonathan. You said 'all periods from ancient history to present day'. That's great. How about geographical area? Are you focused on only certain areas, or are you open to everywhere on earth? I hope you are.

I'm working on, more like plodding on, a HF novel set around 11th century South East Asia and centred in ancient Malaysia, precisely a certain federation of kingdoms called Langkasuka, which was like located around the neck and shoulder regions of the Malay Peninsula. The theme is a fight for independence against foreign occupation. Don't know if that would interest you enough.

My situation is similar to that of Cayuga 1561: Much of the story is fiction, but weaved into true events (battles, conquests etc.) and true characters (kings, generals etc.) of that era.

My story is a trilogy which story runs through a good 100 years, so it will have a dynasty of princes rather than a single individual as the common link. Although revolving mainly around the SEAn region, parts of the adventure will stretch to Sri Lanka, India, Ghazna (Mahmud Ghazni will be in that) and Byzantium (Basileios II and his famed Varangian Guard will feature briefly in it) in the west, and ancient Korea in the east.

It also features two slave children stranded in Constantinople, one a thirteen year old Saxon-Norman girl from Britain, the other a six year old orphaned son of an Oghuz Turk mercenary and a Bolgar woman. Both of them end up in Langkasuka, playing integral and prominent roles in the overall story.

I have about 2/3 of Book 1 in draft, about 5 chaps of Book 2, and about 1/3 of Book 3. My target is to have about 50 chaps for each book.
We're not limiting the imprint to any area or time period, so please feel free to forward your title.

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Old July 2nd, 2012, 02:33 AM   #32

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Don't I get your drift? We're all crazy folks, ain't we? All a bunch of nuts and psychopaths. We writers and writer wannabes. Or else we wouldn't be doing what we're all doing, would we? It ain't a stroll in the park, you know.
Very true sir, very true!

I commend you for being able to multitask on as many projects.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 03:09 AM   #33

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It's just one task, really. Just writing. I'm just doing it from left, right and centre, working forward as well as backward. Only I can't do it that fast, like some people seem to be able to do.

Just got a call from a company specialising in self-publishing an hour ago. Just someone responding back to my own preliminary enquiry to them regarding the services that they had advertised. I'd prefer to go the traditional publishing way, but there's no harm just talking, right?

BTW, just as a matter of interest, how long did it take you to finish your piece, Mangekyou?
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It's just one task, really. Just writing. I'm just doing it from left, right and centre, working forward as well as backward. Only I can't do it that fast, like some people seem to be able to do.

Just got a call from a company specialising in self-publishing an hour ago. Just someone responding back to my own preliminary enquiry to them regarding the services that they had advertised. I'd prefer to go the traditional publishing way, but there's no harm just talking, right?

BTW, just as a matter of interest, how long did it take you to finish your piece, Mangekyou?
I am currently in the process of writing my first novel now, but Ive done a lot of freelance work; short stories, articles etc..

It really varies on who I write for. Some take hours, some days.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 03:18 AM   #35

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Personally I started writing mine in 2009, bits and pieces really - only had about 25,000 words done, stopped writing it for 2011, then just hammered out 70,000 words in a month and a half. Now onto the second draft, and polishing it up!

Mine isn't historical fiction though, but science fiction.

If you struggle to find a traditional publisher, have you looked into Kindle Direct Publishing - it won't be as nice as having a physical copy of your book for the shelf, but it is a really cheap way of getting your work to an audience. I'm thinking about doing a few short stories set in my science fiction world as sort of tasters for the main book - you can also get up to 70% royalties for shorts too... and about 30% for novels...
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 05:47 PM   #36

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Right. That's good to hear. You must've been in 'the zone' during that month and a half.

Yes, I do sometimes have thoughts about dabbling in SF some time. But I don't feel I have what it takes for it yet, although I do have a technical background, having done engineering at uni.

In fact, I could say that I acquired most of the whatever basic novel writing skills I have so far from a SF forum, learning concepts such as worldbuilding, POV, plot, characterisation and such stuff there. Whereas, before that, all I was doing was lurch through things without any structured method to it at all.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #37

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If you struggle to find a traditional publisher, have you looked into Kindle Direct Publishing - it won't be as nice as having a physical copy of your book for the shelf, but it is a really cheap way of getting your work to an audience. I'm thinking about doing a few short stories set in my science fiction world as sort of tasters for the main book - you can also get up to 70% royalties for shorts too... and about 30% for novels...
This is something I have just done. It cost me zero but took a lot of time. By the way, you do get the 70% for a e-book novel from Amazon.

My book is [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Celt-Imbolc-ebook/dp/B008XXLT4C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1346229983&sr=1-1"]Year of the Celt: Imbolc eBook: Rob Godfrey: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ywyXrY7KL.@@AMEPARAM@@61ywyXrY7KL[/ame] and its the first of 4 (one for each Celtic festival). It's set in 499BC where I live (Wharfedale, northern England). No square-jaws, steeley-blue eyes, warriors, kings or wizards were involved; it's all about ordinary people struggling to survive in a rapidly changing world.

I wish I had joined the forum a lot earlier and seen this thread. I have self-published this as an e-book and for me the process of converting it from a word doc to the Kindle format was very time-comsuming and I'm pretty knowledgeable of html (I build websites for a living). Checking over 125k words for errors takes a very long time. There is also lots of conflicting advice about which software to use to convert it (especially on the official KDP forum).

A question for Jon if he is still following this: If you self-publish as an e-book, is it still possible for a publisher to take it on to print?
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I am currently in the process of writing my first novel now, but Ive done a lot of freelance work; short stories, articles etc..

It really varies on who I write for. Some take hours, some days.
Where does one go to find people who are interested in historical short stories?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #39

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I am writing a play but not quite sure where it's going right now! Tell you when I'me finished in case you are interested, OK?
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... By the way, you do get the 70% for a e-book novel from Amazon. ...
Amazon's basic royalty is 35%. They do have a 70% royalty plan. BUT!! I have six books on Amazon and selected 35% because in the long run it would be more advantageous to me. One needs to read Amazon's fine print very carefully. All in all I am not thrilled by Amazon's business model.
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