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Balancing Act: What About the Other Formats?

Good morning everyone! I’ve had a few questions question bouncing around from a while back about various other formats for my writing. One was about media rights for live action in film or small screen. The other was about graphic novels. Quick answer, I’m very open to both of these. I’m also open to other formats and looking for ways to move forward with them. The long answer is more detailed so I’ll split it up by each format. Moving into other formats can take time from my main goal of writing more books, but they can be worth the effort too. It’s all a balancing act.

Film/Small Screen

I’m more inclined to small screen mainly because I think a seasonal series creates a format that covers more details than a film. However, I’m open to either one. What’s more likely? Small screen because streaming services are looking for content.

The main question with this format is more one of getting noticed enough for it to happen. It’s no easy step and requires some introduction into the industry through more formal means. Here’s a rundown of my writing regarding small screen:

The Bow of Hart Saga, The Cursed Mage Case Files, and The Black Glove series were all pitched to a streaming service a couple of years ago. The result was interest in all three. However, the submission process was muddied by circumstances beyond my control so I was never sure that was completed. I remain open to another opportunity for all three of these series to be pitched/submitted which is something of a project. However, some of this requires more name recognition among other things.

It also might help to write out episodes for the submission as the concept might come across better. I’m not a scriptwriter, so there’s some learning requirement, though there are some useful tools to get it done. Still, it would take some effort to churn out a season but I’m for it given the time to write it.

Graphic Novel

I was approached by an independent graphic novel artist several years ago to publish The Bow of Hart Saga in this format. I’m very interest and do believe it would translate into the format very well. Unfortunately, graphic novelization is expensive and would require some crowdfunding. I’m no stranger to raising the money, but there’s an involvement in time. However, I do have some access to an artist, so this avenue is possible.

One of the issues aside from money for an indie publication is writing a script. I once thought this would require sample artwork, but it works better as a writer if I produce a graphic novel script. Again, this is easier said than done and also requires some learning curve. I’m willing to learn a different writing skill given the time. The upside to gaining this new skill is that it actually makes it easier to submit to graphic novel to traditional publishers in this format which I view as more viable for my time. I’d like to work on this at some point, but it’s just not in the cards for the short term since I have so many books to publish in at least five different series.

I also believe, in addition to TBoHS, all five of my fantasy series in the works would translate well to graphic novel, even those with some LitRPG elements. This format is one into which I’d like to expand long-term, but it requires a little more time investment than traditional audio publication. It’s always nice to see a new format on one of my Amazon book pages so it’s a thumbs up under the right conditions.

Audio

The Bow of Hart Saga is already in audio format thanks to interest from Podium Audio. I love this format and want to expand my catalog within it. However, this is another format that costs time and money to produce independently and I prefer to go the traditional route with it like graphic novelization. I am prepared to approach Podium for each of my five upcoming series and I’m not far from doing just that with The Cursed Mage Case Files. It may take several months but I think this will work out. My original goal was to gain Podium’s interest with pre-order sales of The Order of the Dark Rose but that plan was derailed by the oddities of last year which ate up time and energy, not the least of which was getting sick and staying that way for a while. I’ll work on that plan with the next couple of books as well as upcoming series releases. Audio good!

Video Games

I have not investigated this format, but I assume it requires a licensing agreement. I’m completely open to video games based on my books and want to investigate it more. It’s a near certainty this will require at least a lawyer or an agent, maybe both. The upside is good, especially with something like LitRPG. This is more of a long-term goal unless an opportunity falls in my lap – which can always happen. This one is food for thought.

Hardcover

Yes! It’s not a huge advantage, but it can be useful. This is doable as an indie and something to work on in the near future. I’m also interested in exploring ways to access bookstores (it can be done) as well as libraries, both with as many formats at possible. Look for more news on the hardcover front in the coming months as a side-project.

Conclusion

As far as I’m concerned when it comes to publishing formats, the more the merrier. I love opportunities to move into these differing products. Fantasy is always relatable in video games, film/small screen and the times have changed for more fiction opportunity with these. I’m established in audio and print so both will move forward ASAP. Graphic novelization is a go but not immediately. For me, it’s best to write, publish, and expand as each format becomes and open door. For now, I’m balancing my efforts at writing and publishing with moving into additional formats based on the time, effort, and cost each may take. One idea I have is creating each book and series in such a way that it makes writing scripts for graphic novels and film or TV/streaming – maybe even the requirements for video games – easier to accomplish. I’ll have to look at what it takes for each and keep these formats in mind for quick development of adaptations. It’s certainly worth a try.

 

Interested in my books? You can find them at my Amazon Author’s Page. My latest novel is The Order of the Dark Rose which readers are finding entertaining – have a look by clicking on the link or the book cover:

An arch-mage can handle almost anything. Unless he’s cursed, lost his job and facing an unknown enemy.

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Alright, that’s my status and perspective on other formats as they relate to my writing. Thanks for stopping by today. Please share this post everywhere you feel appropriate. As usual, I’ll look for your reaction and thoughts in the comments section and will reply as soon as I am able.

 

 

Fun Friday Vol. 2: The Broken Shield Chronicles

Follow-up on The Broken Shield Chronicles and other ideas

I don’t know how soon I’ll get to the project I mentioned last Friday. However, the consensus from the poll seems to be using some sort of variation in the series title including “Broken Shield.” I like The Broken Shield Chronicles well enough so that will be the working series title at this point.

With the name of the series settled, I’ll begin to put some serious thought into the world-building and other details for the fantasy world as well as the initial plot, character names and such. It should be very interesting as I develop this series since I’ve never gotten to develop one quite this way.

One of the fun parts of working on The Broken Shield Chronicles is going to be interacting with readers in a private Goodreads group. If you would like to join the group please let me know. I’m going to contact several readers with whom I already have some contact and invite them into the group. There will be some rules like: never talk about Broken Shield Chronicles Club outside the group on social media – like that Fight Club rule. I’ll outline more about the purpose and goals of the group over on Goodreads but I intend it to be a fun group where I can share development and get feedback as I work through the book, maybe posting once a week. There won’t be some commitment to doing anything, just the offer to take part in this fun project of mine and tag along for the development ride.

Otherwise, I’ll share some development details here and other projects on which I’m working. For instance, I do have a parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga – actually a sub-plot of some complexity – that I’d like to publish as a companion novella series at some point. There are some rough draft excerpts that I’d like to share over on Goodreads or for download just for further feedback.

I’ve got several ideas in the beginning stages as you can see. However, I’m currently working on two new novels for my agent who requested some updated information from me this week as she prepares the pitches to publishers. I’ve been a little slower on these projects lately because it’s just been busy with a doctor’s visit, a few job interviews and other distractions, all of which prevented me from posting my general feature on Tuesday. But I do hope to dig down and really start accomplishing more on the current novels so I can move onto other projects.

That’s all for today! If you want to join the private Goodreads group, just click here to my Author Page to friend or follow me, then send me a message letting me know you’re in and I’ll send the invite. Otherwise, please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.

The Weekly Writing Round-up

Last week was rather busy for a number of reasons so I didn’t get a chance to share all that’s happening. I finished the rough draft of The White Arrow, as noted by the announcement last week, is now in pre-order and off to my editor. That pre-order process was more involved than I intended but I finally completed all the work around it.

I had intended to get more done on a new project last week but work on The White Arrow seemed to swallow all the time for it. This week is feels much better for gearing up with the new project with a nice start. I’m working on a new novel in a new series for the first time in a very long time while The White Arrow is off getting tuned up. I’ll work on this new project as far as I can until it’s time to finish the final details on The White Arrow.

I’ve held off on this post because I’ve been working on another bit of news that’s baring fruit as I write. Not to give anything away just yet, but, I’ve been contacted for an opportunity to expand The Bow of Hart Saga into another format which I’m now taking into consideration. I’ll pass along the specifics when there’s more to report but this looks very promising.

In more mundane news, we finally finished with the daily rain pattern so it’s now hot and muggy most days. I have to go running either in the morning or very late in the evening to avoid the extreme heat index which has been over 100 several days.

We recently took the dogs out to a local park which had a lake and our male went for a swim. He got into a splash battle with my wife and daughter – yes, he actually did! It’s unbelievable how much that dog loves swimming. He’s a little older so it helped him with his arthritis.

For those who have become fans of our cat, Minou, he’s quickly headed toward full-grown status, though he’s still just as playful as ever. He’s even gotten our male dog into playing between the stair rails. It’s almost time to put him to work catching chipmunks around the house since he keeps practicing for that job with his antics. He knows when someone comes home because the dogs bark, sending him to the window to check. He’s also on the same dining schedule at the dogs and quite vocal about making sure he’s included in the food service!That’s all for this week for this writing update. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back with more updates next week or post anything big in an announcement.