The last twenty years or so, I’ve worked in video games as a video editor, then a cinematic director and most recently as a writer – it’s great collaborative work that takes hundreds of people to successfully realize a vision. But as fun as it is, I’m still working on someone else’s world or property. Creatively, I wanted to get back to the world and character building I did as a kid. I wanted to express my creativity without the restrictions inherent to licensed material - for better or worse. So I decided to return to an old love and write original novels.
How long did it take you to write that novel? How did you go about finding a publisher
That's when you decided to indie-pubish.
But you came back to indie-pubishing
Why so long between novels?
Who are your favorite sci-fi authors?
How do you write? Do you do an outline first?
These days, when I start a project, I’ll mull the idea around for a long time. Eventually I’ll start pitching it to a few select people just to see how they react. Concept ideas need to be really strong and thought out before diving in. That may sound rather obvious, but I’ve seen so many of my contemporaries charge headfirst into a project saying things like: “I’m going to write an exciting adventure!” Or “We’re going to make a great 3rd person shooter action game!” Fine goals, but what is it about your idea that’s going to draw people to it? What is it about your idea that’s going to differentiate it from the billion other ideas out there? If you can’t sum it up and get people to take notice with a good “elevator pitch” you should go back to the drawing board.
The reality is, the number one thing that sells books today is the author’s name. No one knows who I am - so that’s a wash. The number two thing that sells books is a referral from a friend. I need to get people to take a chance on it, read it, and then enjoy it so much they grab one of their friends and scream to them: “You have to read this!” That’s why sites like Goodreads are so important. It’s a collection of hardcore readers who devour books and are looking for their next “fix.” Hopefully you can get on the radar and make your book their meal. But your book better taste awesome.
What has bombed?
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