Graphic Novel

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Boomerang Book

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote an update so  it’s about time to share what’s been going on at the writing homestead. I’ve been making slow progress developing on my two new projects. However, the patient work on them will pay-off once they are written.

My editor just sent an email indicateding she plans to complete work on The White Arrow around next Wednesday. It’s coming back like a boomerang! Her initial reaction is that the book didn’t need much structural editing. I’m sure some necessary changes will be required but not as much as the last two books which bodes well for a possible earlier release than late October. Stay tuned for word on that front as the current price of $2.99 is only for release day.

Additionally, I’m working on the possibility of the series being published in audio format. That will likely take place beginning sometime in the first quarter of 2018. The details are still in the works so I’ll pass that along when I know more. I think the prospect of a digital audio edition of The Bow of Hart Saga will pair well with the currently offered ebook format.

Also, I’m looking into the possibility of a graphic novel deal. That’s a bit of a longer shot but I may be able to land some concept artwork. After that, it’s a matter of putting together a proposal. Since graphic novel editions would be in print, I’m seriously considering options to put the series into regular print too since these two format pair well like ebook and audio. There may be several new releases for The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind – interesting times with the writing!

Otherwise, it’s back to school for the teacher in my life and my college student daughter. The house is empty during the day – except for the dogs and the cat. One of the dogs has taken to going with me on runs so she’s a bit disappointed when she can’t go but when she does she keeps up well for a few miles, then lags because it’s really humid.

Our wet weather summer continues and I’m very glad the mower deck was repaired a few months back because the grass grows fast. I can almost watch it grow since it’s rained so much.

For those who want the latest news of our foundling cat, Minou, he’s quickly growing into a full-sized tom-cat. Minou has taken to charging my hand from the kitchen into the living room where he leaps onto wrap-around couch and ends with a crazed, helicopter pounce that sometimes carries him several feet in the air (I’m working on getting a video because it’s both very daring and very funny). He’s already going on about 9 pounds and has recently decided he wants to go out with the dogs since he sleeps and eats with them. We’re waiting to let him loose on the chipmunks until after he has “the operation”. However, Minou is doing a good job taking out any bugs that get into the house so he’s doing some of his vermin-hunting job.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and catching-up. Leave your comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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.

Drawing 1Resources

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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