Category: ichabod

Want to Be My Patron?

Ichabod StampYesterday in my wanderings across the internets, I came across this site called Patreon. The concept is simple. Remember back in the good old Renaissance days, when artists had patrons who would support them, allowing the artists to do cool things like paint church ceilings or be William Shakespeare? Yeah. Those were some pretty good days, from an artist’s perspective. Well, minus the constant threat of death to disease, and the criminal lack of video games.

But yay for patrons!

Patreon wants to bring that back. The patrons, not the constant threat of death to disease. So people can sign up to support artists on a monthly basis. I’ll admit to being intrigued by the concept. Here’s a video that sums it up:

I’ve been writing this blog for free since 2007. I’m not going to stop writing it for free, but at the same time, I thought there might be some of you out there who’d be interested in being a patron of mine. If not, no harm, no foul. We can still be friends. But there’s some other cool things I’ve thought about doing online that I’ve never really explored, and this seemed like an opportunity to see if they might pan out.

Specifically, I’d love love love to start a sort of blogging writing group. I’ve been wanting to publish ICHABOD on my lonesome for quite some time, and I’d really like to get some feedback from my fans before I do that. So I set up the patreon page with that in mind. Join at $1/month, and you get a big fat virtual kiss from me. On the cheek though. Because cooties. More importantly, you get access to all the ICHABOD posts as they go up there, week by week. Read them over, offer comments and suggestions. My hope is that I could get a real conversation going about the book.

If you’d like to be a bit bigger of a patron, I’ve set up a $3/month option too. You can read about it over there.

I honestly have no idea if this is of interest to anyone, but I thought it was worth a shot. Denisa helpfully reminded me to start small, and then expand if the interest proves to be there. So that’s what I’m doing. If I get to the point where I have $20/month coming in from this or more, then I’ll start expanding the program some.

Anyway. That’s what I’ve got for you today. I’d love to hear some feedback. Let me know what you think.

Would You Read a Serialized Book?

So here’s the story. I’ve been toying with the idea of epublishing, trying to decide how best to approach it. I’ve written eleven books, and while some of them are tied up in the traditional publication process, others are just sitting in my Dropbox folder, gathering virtual dust. Not all of them are ready for primetime, but one stands out to me as a prime candidate for epublication: ICHABOD. It’s an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and it tries to answer the question, “What do characters in books do when you’re not reading them?” Think of it as Toy Story, but for novels. Inside a copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one of the characters is killing off the others one by one, and it’s up to Ichabod Crane to solve the mystery and save the day.

I love this book. My agents? Not so much, and I can’t blame them. Trying to capture the book and present it in a way that editors will immediately understand and see a market for is probably a bridge too far. But just because it’s hard to package doesn’t mean the book’s not without merit, and so I’d like to let it see the light of day in one form or another.

But how to do it the right way?

I’m reluctant to just go the straight epublishing route. I put it up one day, promote it for a while, and then that’s that. This is a book I love dearly. The concept is very unique, the worldbuilding was a blast . . . I don’t want to blow it. To really do it right, I’d love to get it professionally edited, have a pro do the cover, and ideally get some physical copies printed. But as soon as I start talking about those sorts of things, I start talking about money, and that just leads back to “How would I earn it back?” I love the book, but would other people?

But what if I took a different approach? What if I involved all of you lovely people in the writing process? I’ve also long considered exploring the idea of a serialized book–something released on my blog a chapter a week, for free. If I were to do this for ICHABOD, I’d like to solicit feedback on each chapter–encourage people to read it and give me critiques as we go. Then, once the whole thing was done, I could potentially revise the book and release the revision as an ebook, maybe even Kickstarting a modest amount of money to get it done right.

This is something I almost definitely am going to do, but I want to do it right. The book’s 25 chapters long. At a chapter a week, it will be a half year’s worth of blog posts. That’s a significant investment on the blog, and I’d rather not throw it up there to just have it turn into the post everyone ignores each week. There are some things I can hopefully do to combat that (release a current pdf of the book up to its latest chapter each week, ask other authors to do some posts on similar topics or let me do some guest posts on their blogs, etc.), but I wondered what you all thought of it.

So, hive mind: does this sound like something that would be interesting? Any suggestions before I embark on the process? Not sure when this would start–it’s still in the planning phase at the moment. So now’s the time to help me out with the concept.


Better Home and Garden

Big times at the Bryce household. Yesterday I busted out the lawn tractor (swapping places with the snow blower) and mowed my lawn for the first time this year. Worked great, and no flat tires, courtesy of the metal detector I used to get most of them out of my lawn a month ago. While I was out there, I actually helped Denisa with some landscaping–a rare event, indeed. We now have the start of a beautiful hedge growing in our front yard. Eleven bush thingies in all. (Yes, that’s the technical term.) They’re supposed to grow quite fast. It should be too too long before we have some privacy in our front yard. Nice.

In other news, our new futon arrived today, I’m told. It’s being assembled even as we speak, which means we now have a place for guests to sleep when they come to visit. (DC’s now in our former guest bed, of course.) Good thing I had decluttered the office/guest room a while ago, so there was actually space for them to put the thing in. It’s nice to have projects come to a close, and to have hard work and effort pay off as you intended it to.

Speaking of hard work and effort, Ichabod is going out to another agent today–I sent a query yesterday, and less than an hour later, he responded with a partial request. It’s nothing ground breaking, but every bit of good news is good news. This agent has a 7% rate of asking for partials based on queries received, so . . . hooray? We’ll see what happens.

Have You Read Ichabod?

If you have, I need your help! I’m trying to rewrite the query again, and for some reason, I just can’t seem to effectively sum up the story. All my attempts are falling short. So . . . if you were going to describe the events of Ichabod (the concept of the story as well as what exactly happens) in a paragraph or two, how would you do it? I’d love some ideas, people. Help!

Writing Update

I realized I haven’t given a good update on where I am writing wise in a while. Not too terribly much has changed, I’m afraid. I have yet to hear back on the screenplay for Ichabod, or on the copy of Pawn of the Dead that’s been at the agent’s for a while. (Four months and change waiting so far on Ichabod, six and change on Pawn–but I’m a patient fellow.) In the meantime, I had been flitting from project to project, not really staying with any one long enough to make real headway–just wasn’t feeling it. I’m happy to say that I’ve now settled on my next book–it’s going to be another Middle Grade–my first return to that age group since Buttersby. It’s a contemporary fantasy that is set around holidays that are going awry. I’ve been plotting now for quite some time, but it’s starting to all come together well, and I don’t think it’ll be too terribly long before I’m writing again. That will be a happy day–I like to feel productive.

In any case–the short answer is that I’m still working on writing, but it’s taken me a while to get the next book in gear. Hopefully it writes more smoothly once I’m going at last.

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