Original fiction project – week of 07/31/2011

6 Aug

Dis/inhibition:

I am working a little bit every day finishing the edits on this story, and when I am done and I have the cover art chosen, I suppose it will be time to pick a self-publishing venue. At some point last year, I went to several self-publishing/print on demand websites and asked for an information brochure. It’s funny how many of them took that as meaning I was signing up for their service, rather than shopping around for one. I don’t want to be rushed into making a choice, since I have heard some horror stories about these places and I want time to do research, which I just haven’t done up until now as I finish the manuscript. Enough time has gone by that most of them have stopped calling and emailing me, all except XLibris, which has this one persistent salesguy or whatever you call them. I think “agent” would be a misnomer here. They keep having sales on their services and he is trying to use that as a wedge to get me to sign up.

New story:

I had a heck of a time “outlining” chapter 4, by which I mean, cobbling together the various elements I want in the chapter into a coherent narrative. I am trying not to have a 185,000-word manuscript when I am done, which means those dozens of long, leisurely scenes in which my archeological investigators go about uncovering the clues in the main mystery of the novel are a luxury I can’t afford. I need to cover big chunks of their investigation as paragraph-long “this already happened” summaries that bring the reader to a present moment where an intriguing puzzle is set that defines the current action of the chapter.

I managed to get that done. Then the next challenge was that I decided to write the chapter, which is formatted as a four-scene day-in-the-life of my main character, not from her own (limited third person) point of view, but from the (limited third-person) point of view of a different friend or colleague she interacts with in each of the scenes. While I might not keep the chapter written that way in future drafts, this is really helping me bring out what a pain in the @$$ my character is supposed to be, which is what I want to explore. I may well keep the chapter this way, even though three of the four characters whose points of view I feature may not appear “on stage” again.

6 Responses to “Original fiction project – week of 07/31/2011”

  1. cornerofmadness August 7, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    out of curiosity, did you come to a conclusion about which to use?

  2. neshaffer August 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I haven’t really even started the research yet.
    Although that guy is seriously turning me off XLibris by trying to rush me.

  3. cornerofmadness August 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    ah. well yes I would have to agree that would turn me off too. I’ve seen a couple books turned out by lulu which have looked good and createspace emails me all the time via AMazon’s breakthru novel contest but I can’t say I’ve looked into either

  4. neshaffer August 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I wouldn’t be able to submit to the breakthrough novel competition since my story is too long. But Lulu and Amazon’s regular print-on-demand service are on my list.

  5. cornerofmadness August 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    nods well createspace is amazon’s

  6. neshaffer August 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    That’s the one.

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