…or how I am going to do it.
The first step in escaping unpublication is outlined in the progress update below:
I may have mentioned previously that the working title of my writing group’s anthology is Offerings. Here’s a brief progress update on this project.
Five stories were submitted for review by the group on August 1 with first draft critiques due on August 17. Based on those critiques, each writer will make revisions/edits with the goal of completing and submitting a 2nd draft by September 5.
As you can see from the progress bar to the right, my own story “The Last Portal” has almost 90% of the 2nd draft to go this weekend.
Is it obvious what I’ll be doing until the end of Labor Day?
So, a little more about this project and my story to pique some interest.
Offerings will be published electronically in e-book format and will be available on Kindle, Nook, iPad, and any other eReader device on a date in the near future. I’ll give a more specific date when we get the details settled.
The anthology will contain six stories which are more accurately called novelettes, since each will run at least 10,000 words or approximately 25-30 pages long. Therefore the finished collection will contain close to 200 pages of stories.
The stories will be of the fantasy genre, with a few being epic fantasy, and at least one being contemporary or urban fantasy. Each story builds on the common theme of sacrifice and/or the price of freedom.
My own story, “The Last Portal” is an epic fantasy story about sacrifice that currently runs about 15000 words. I have mentioned before this story is set in the distant past of the same world in which I am writing a fantasy series. I hope this story can serve as a way to enrich the story world of Laurentia and provide a mythology or history for the characters in the future.
So what is my story about?
A disgraced member of the divine Jadra race is called upon to discover what threatens the Portal that protects their underground civilization from the evil and corruption on the surface. However, nothing is as it seems and the threat is far worse than he could have imagined.
Once my story has been fully edited and finalized over the next several weeks, I will post excerpts here for all to preview.
So far, this has been an exciting venture and I look forward to the next steps as we all compete final drafts of our stories and prepare the collection for e-book publication.
Since we are publishing this anthology ourselves, we are handling the editing, formatting, book cover, submission, and accounting ourselves. It will be interesting how the details unfold and I’ll provide updates on each significant step so you can see the process in action.
With the changing landscape in publishing and the access authors have to directly provide stories to readers, the path ahead seems ready for travel. Writers no longer need to wait for some distant agent or editor to endorse or accept their work. If you write at or near a professional level, you can escape unpublication on your own. You can put your stories directly in the hands of readers who are eager for new stories and discovering new authors.
For far more expert advice than I can provide. Read the “Think Like a Publisher” blog series on Dean Wesley Smith‘s blog. He is a publisher, editor, author, and teacher who has written and published over a hundred fictional works. His advice is golden.
Soon, I’ll be posting about my experiences setting up my own publishing company.
Is anyone else involved in the publication process? How is it going? What have you learned?