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September 13th, 2012, 09:17 AM #121
I'm okay with shorter books, but generally, I don't mind books that provide story and character detail that they once would've left out because of publisher's page-count concerns.
I'm not saying I want bibles, but I wrote a book that came out to just under 150,000 words, and I thought it was a great length. You think that's too much, huh?
September 13th, 2012, 12:23 PM #122
If it's good, then the longer the better I say. A good short story is a joy but I want something to keep me entertained for hours and hours.
September 21st, 2012, 12:34 AM #123
Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People - Noga Applebaum
In this new book, Noga Applebaum surveys science fiction novels published for children and young adults from 1980 to the present, exposing the anti-technological bias existing within a genre often associated with the celebration of technology. Applebaum argues that perceptions of technology as a corrupting force, particularly in relation to its use by young people, are a manifestation of the enduring allure of the myth of childhood innocence and result in young-adult fiction that endorses a technophobic agenda.
September 23rd, 2012, 03:57 PM #124
Rosie, have you tried http://critters.org ? I haven't gotten started yet, but once I get my latest novel polished up, I was thinking of getting involved on there. They may be able to help you pinpoint at what point the big publishers might be losing interest in your story.
And if it turns out that you don't want to change the story based on their feedback, you could always hire a freelance editor to check things over one last time and then self-publish. It's not the "kiss of doom" people made it out to be a couple years back. You may not make a lot of money from it on the up-front, but it might be enough to get the ball rolling and have publishers take notice later on.
And you may find that the scifi reading community is more receptive to new ideas than the big publishing houses. Because, as you mentioned, I think they are being very conservative right now, not taking many chances on new ideas.
September 23rd, 2012, 04:10 PM #125
If you produce good work, it doesn't matter that it's self-published. However, breaking out beyond your friends and acquaintances is difficult, no matter how good your book is. The fact that it's niche, or not commercial enough for a major imprint, is only going to make it harder.
A couple of small presses expressed early interest in my novella, and I knew it would never be bought by a magazine (it has a glossary, for one thing), but I chose to self-publish it for reasons of speed and control. I don't know that it would have sold more copies, or been bought by more people, if it had been published by a name people recognised. I do know that since I've done it myself I know exactly how hard it is to get people to persuade people to buy a copy...
September 24th, 2012, 09:47 AM #126
I've never seen Avatar and only just watched The Abyss for the first time recently. I thought it the most godawful overblown pile of bollocks I have seen for ages (and I have watched Octoman, Warrior of the Lost World, and a lot of Rutger Hauer films recently).
September 24th, 2012, 11:31 AM #127
The second is about 30 minutes longer and the first has a dumb ending.
If that is what you think of The Abyss special edition then I gotta hear what you think of Avatar. I probably won't be able to stop laughing for a week.
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September 24th, 2012, 12:37 PM #128
It was the 'special edition'. I bought a two disc both versions boxset in a car boot sale for a quid (I never learn) and swithered about which I should watch...
The Abyss (1989) - which I had never seen before and now consider the three hours I spent watching the extended Special Edition Director's Cut With Added Patronisingly Simplistic Message Content to be utterly wasted. Wish I'd watched the shorter funnier version, though I suspect I would have lost my patience with it at the same point. Our hero falls for 30 minutes straight down the abyss, buffeted and bouncing off a undersea cliff, and lands RIGHT NEXT to the nuclear bomb he has come to defuse - and then we have the whole 'don't cut the blue wire' gag? Oh Come on!
September 24th, 2012, 01:18 PM #129
That was so cool!
The woman drowning was a neat trick also. But it would have made more sense if she had hyperventilated and helped him swim part way back.
There are nearly always flaws in stories, especially movies. Different people draw the line in different places as to when the flaws become intolerable.
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September 24th, 2012, 01:45 PM #130
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So it really is all down to the publishing industry and market conditions.
Having said that, it sounds like a very useful group and I may use it for the next novel. Thank you.
September 24th, 2012, 02:01 PM #131
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If I don't get a good publisher, then I won't publish - end of story - in both senses. I know this sounds hard, maybe even self-defeating, but I know it's good writing, has a heap of new science fiction ideas liberally scattered throughout, has some interesting characters (I still can't fully understand why the lady readers fall for Dirk) and has a good plot (I can trace the basic plot back to a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale).
I made a mistake with one of my published short stories in letting it go cheaply...
So given all this, can you blame me, for digging my heels in on my novel?
September 24th, 2012, 04:54 PM #132
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September 25th, 2012, 02:15 AM #134
Meanwhile, of course, it's time to get started on a new project.
As for letting a story go cheaply... Exposure is worth far more than the money you get paid. First, people start to recognise your name, then they start to remember it, then they start to look for it... And then they ask you if you'd like to send them something...
September 25th, 2012, 11:59 AM #135