Catching Up

27 Aug

Hi, everyone

Good news first – I’m currently 28 chapters into The Very Ugly Duckling, which is Bookworm II. It seems to be going well; now, as events are sliding towards their denouncement, I have to keep my eyes on the ball. Some of those darn minor characters keep doing things that get in the way …

Anyway, I’m facing something of a dilemma.

I’ve been astonished (and delighted) by the success of Democracy’s Right, which means I should write Book II sooner rather than later. Does a 3-month gap seem reasonable? And then there’s Book III … and I also need to write Book VII of The Empire’s Corps.

All of this raises a question. I would like to get published by a big name publisher. However, it is unlikely that they will want to publish something I put on Kindle (at least without major revisions) which means that it will have to be something new. I do have several books working their way through the slush pile, but … should I really continue to hold out hope for a publishing contract from a Big Name?

Not that I’m short of ideas. I do want to write the Knight’s Move series, book one of which will start in the aftermath of a bloody war and then go on to another war … not unlike how the Seven Years War created the conditions for the American Revolution. And there’s a handful of other ideas that are completely unconnected to anything I’ve done previously, apart from a rewrite or two. (I’d like to rewrite the When the Empire Falls series at some point, so if people want to read the originals and give me thoughts … it would be welcome.)

There’s also a multi-generational story following a family as Earth becomes the target for a major interstellar power. Generally, it follows the timeline I established early in this blog; The Rise of the Terran Empire.

Moving away from SF, I have several ideas to explore in other fields. The Road to Hell is intended as a grim-dark urban horror story, in which a girl – inspired by 50 Shades of Grey – sets out to get experience in the seedier side of society so she can write about it (instead of just making it up.) This goes about as well as you might expect. I also had the idea about an NSA officer spying on a young couple and trying to covertly help out their marriage, but real life seems to have outdone me already – well, sort of.

So … does anyone have any advice for me?

On a different note, if you enjoyed The Great Game, please review it. <grin>

On yet another different note, I’m preparing The Invasion of 1950 for Kindle. Expect to see it soon.


10 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. That Guy August 28, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    So I had a long comment written out, but for some reason it wasn’t posted. Gonna try to reconstruct it best as I can, but it might be a little disjointed.

    Anyway, I’d love to see you officially published. I’ve been meaning to read When the Empire Falls, and I’ll be sure to send you any thoughts (Halfway through Democracy right now. Great book, BTW).

    If you want my 2 cents, I think you should stick to SciFi for your first published novel. The Rise of the Terran Empire, Knight’s Move, and so on. I’ve only read one of your non-scifi books, A Life Less Ordinary, and it kind of fell flat for me. Not saying there was anything wrong with it, just not my kind of thing. Then again, maybe I’m being selfish here.

    • chrishanger August 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      I hate it when that happens

      I agree, to be honest. Id like to be able to propose book series to editors, but that seems to be impossible unless youre already a big-name writer. Sigh.

      However, ALLO was written earlier in my career if you want to try a later one … .

      I think I will do Knights Move next, then go on to DM or TEC7.


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  2. Ira Tabankin August 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I would like, for your benefit, to be published my a major ‘house’. I’ve written to Tony at Baen asking why they don’t publish your work.

    I’ve read almost all of your SciFic, I like your style. I recently found your unpublished WWIII story, I recently finished part one am half way through part 2, I think based what’s going on with Syria, Russia etc I suggest you find your notes for book 3, review and edit the first two (many spelling and grammar issues) I suggest you complete these and put them on line, I think you could sell a few copies, I’d buy the finished works in a second. Believe me, I’ve recently tried witting, I know how hard the edit process is.

    Good luck

    • chrishanger August 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      To be honest, I don’t think the WW3 books I have (the ones online for free) could be modified to take account of the current world situation without effectively rewriting them completely. They would end up looking hellishly outdated (as OCP had the shuttles, even though theyre now grounded permanently.) I wouldn’t mind that if they were being professionally published, but as kindle books Id prefer to have them as up-to-date as possible.

      I could start rewriting the WW3 timeline; start with the economic crash caused by the final Indo-Pakistani war, then see about altering it. There are quite a few nations that would like to take the Great Satan down a peg or two. Probably is, the book would operate on a far wider scale than WW2, so it would really have to be a longer series.

      Ill give it some thought if people are interested.


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  3. mark August 30, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Getting published by a big name would be nice. But consider that most of the physical bookstores are gone or much reduced in number. Kindle is not a bad place to be.

  4. HdS September 3, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I would really prefer a good publisher for your books – especially some sort of Editorcould vastly improve your books. Don’t get me wrong: I like your books, but an external Editor could improve their storytelling by providing another viewpoint.

  5. Daniel Silver September 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My thought on The Road to Hell is that when I look through my Amazon recommendations it seems like every other book is an edgy urban fantasy about a sexy demon or shapeshifter. I know Road to Hell would be urban horror and that you would put your own unique spin on it but I think it would still get lost. My favorite books by you have always been your sci-fi books.

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