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Betwixt & Between

I’m a little late with today’s post but I finally got to it. I went on an evening run and ended up going 4 miles for the second day in a row. It was nice for Alabama this time of year. We’re in a weather pattern where some evening showers are blowing up to take the humidity and heat out enough to make a run very comfortable.

I headed down our street a way that I normally don’t go since it usually has a lot of fast moving traffic. But there is a section of road down that way that is closed off for construction which meant my normal route was the detour road. It was interesting to run down that normally busy stretch of road with hardly any traffic. It was interesting to see that some people – aside from the local traffic – just didn’t seem to believe the signs and drove down to the construction anyway. I guess some people just needed to experience the sight first-hand.

While I was running a couple of storms drifted past the area. One went left and the other sailed right and I was stuck in the middle. As I approached the house I did see a bolt of lightning from the second storm. YIKES! I was glad I was near the house at that point.

Our apple tree has fire blight and it required we have it pruned back. Now it’s just a glorified bush. The tree was in such distress that it didn’t actually have that many apples this year. We hope it will sprout new limbs soon and again next spring and actually have more apples next year. Also, the mower deck isn’t ready yet but it should be any day. I completed all the regular maintenance on the tractor.

The fiction proposals have been completed and sent out to my agent. I think these two books are rounding out nicely though I don’t know when I’ll find out anything specific about them. Now it’s back to work on The White Arrow and I’m eager to work on it at this point. Also, I’ve come up with an idea for the cover so I’ll contact my artist and see what he thinks about it. I might have the cover by the end of the month at which time I’ll reveal the cover.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments.

PHS

Life, Writing and Scattered Ruminations

It’s been rather busy the last few weeks with lots of different activities and events to distract and occupy my mind. Last weekend, I attended a writer’s conference where I picked up a few good tips and networked with some other writers. Along the way, I aggravated my neck and shoulder so that I had trouble sleeping several nights after the conference due to pain. I finally cleared that all up so I could think to work on writing.

Since I lost my job back in February, I’ve been looking for replacement income and working to ramp up a variety of projects. Unfortunately, I’ve stumbled with consistently working on The White Arrow so that I’m up against some deadlines on a couple of peripheral projects.

These projects have a bit of back-story to them; ideas I had shelved until I could complete The Bow of Hart Saga this year. However, an opportunity to work with a literary agent came my way back in December. I had to provide her some content about these two projects several months ago and she liked them well enough that I now have representation. So I’m juggling three projects at the moment with the possibility that one or all three of them might end up under contract with a publisher later in the year.

As such, this week I switched to these projects and have made a lot more progress. I guess the proposals weighed heavier on my mind than I thought. I probably should have worked on them first since they are shorter (for the moment) and needed my attention well ahead of The White Arrow’s ultimate timeline requirements.

But now that I’ve concentrated on the side projects, I’m moving them out of my way so I can get back to The White Arrow with some renewed creativity. I’ll continue pushing forward with the rough draft next week with a bit clearer focus than the past several weeks and hope to finish it by the end of the month if not before that date.

It’s been a little busy around the house too. One of the dogs needed a minor surgery. We’ve taken in a stray kitten who’s a playful ball of fur. We’ve been careful to socialize the dogs and the kitten but they are getting along well with each other. However, there’s still a bit of curiosity on the part of the dogs.

My riding mower is quite old and the deck was far more rusted than I had thought when the mowing season started. Having a good swath of grass to mow and living in central Alabama, a good riding mower is very handy to have lest I spend most of a day exhausting myself with a push mower. It’s good exercise but I’m good for nothing else the rest of the day after three hours work in the heat. However, there is no replacement deck available for my old mower so a friend offered to repair it by cutting out the rusted spots and welding in replacement metal. Hopefully, repair will be completed soon and I can get back to work on the yard.

Along the way, I began repairing a couple of chairs around the house too. One, being a simple re-glue after cleaning off the old glue, is completed. The second one is a bit more complex since the dowel is broken. I’ll fiddle with it and make the repair so it should be in one piece soon.

Until then, I’ll keep working on my various writing projects and looking for a new job. Otherwise, I’ll keep expanding my writing career the best I can. With three projects, I certainly don’t have time to fret since there’s plenty of writing opportunity regardless of my job status.

Thanks for reading today and please leave any thoughts you may have in the comments section.

Keeping my fingers dancing on the keyboard for now,

PHS

Getting Graphic with Your Novel

It’s always good to get questions as an author, especially on Goodreads. As release day for The Bow of Destiny approaches I’m getting a few questions. One that I found interesting goes as follows in the screenshot:

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The Answer

Comic BookHonestly, I never even considered the idea but I am interested in the prospect so I decided to do some quick research on the subject. As it turns out, converting novels to graphic novels is a burgeoning market that even traditional publishers are dipping their publishing feet into. Not only that, but even Marvel is adapting a few novels into the graphic format.

So what’s all the fuss?

The graphic novel audience is enthusiastic and hungry for more content. As a novelist, I’m intrigued since this opens doors to more readers and creates a different income stream for my work. I’m not immediately able to work on such a project with my novel coming out in a few weeks but I’m going to follow-up on the idea.

As noted on a podcast by Joanna Penn with graphic artist/novelist, Nathan Massengill, a novel with pretty good sales might be a good candidate for conversion to the graphic format. I know I’ll strongly consider what I’m going to do with my book based on this information. Most writers will never sell movie rights (let alone actually see it go into production) but the graphic novel avenue is the next best thing.

What does it require?

Here are just a few points from which I’m starting but I’m sure this gets more complex:

  • Well, first you need a good, experienced graphic novelist. As shown above, E. J. Nate has offered to do the work so I’ll review what he’s done and start a dialog with him. If that doesn’t work out then I’ll still investigate the possibility elsewhere.
  • Next comes the ability to actually publish said project. If sales are good enough then I might be able to pay for the project out of income. Otherwise, it could become a crowdsourcing project or a reason to contact an agent given the right circumstances.
  • Related to the graphic artist question and the cost comes rights and payment with the graphic artist. This is where things get different for a self-publisher. You’ll need to come to some agreement with the artist on any shared rights. If there are no rights for the artist then you should be prepared to come to an agreement for the conversion work and the cost per page.
  • If you end up gaining an agent for such an ancillary project as conversion to graphic novel and sign with some sort of publisher, be aware that the finished product may have some differences. Much like movie adaptations a graphic novel may have to change the story some. Also, while you may do all the work of converting the concept as a self-publisher, with a publisher you may end up just overseeing the creative team’s efforts. Either way, do your homework on what this process entails.

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Here are a few more links that might interest you on the subject:

Creating Graphic Novels: Adapting and Marketing Stories for a Multi Million Dollar Industry by Sarah Beach

The difference between graphic novel and comic book.

Graphic Novels: Not Just for Kids by Jane Ammeson via NWITimes.com

Conclusion

As one ancillary option for your work, graphic novels can be an interesting prospect to consider. I’ve always been interested in being a hybrid author – being both/either self-published and traditionally published. One goal I’ve had is to attract an agent, especially for negotiating standard rights and tricky ancillary rights for hard copy, audio and foreign language but graphic novels are another piece of the pie to consider. I’ll continue doing my research on this subject and report back on my findings with one or two more posts (most likely in October).

What are your ancillary goals for your novel(s)? Have you considered converting your work to a graphic format? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, September’s FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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