Perhaps I should start with a little history. Two years ago, I was trying to write original fiction, but I was stuck. I had written two fantasy novels already--big, epic novels. But they didn’t sell very well when they were self-published and I did not yet have the offer from Splashdown. The jury is still out on the Splashdown editions as to whether they are doing well or not. But since all this happened BEFORE I had the new contract, it’s a bit irrelevant. Just know that when I talk about my fantasy books not doing well, I’m talking about the self-published versions.
It has never been about money. But it is about readers. I believe one of the main purposes of fiction is to entertain. You can’t entertain anyone who isn’t actually reading, no matter how brilliant the writing is.
Voilà! My problem in a nutshell. I felt like it was stupid to waste time, emotions, and brain cells on writing yet another book in my fantasy trilogy if there were no cold necks out there wanting to be warmed by my artistry. I enjoy writing and I personally love to read what I produce, but I really want to write something that other people would enjoy too. So I shelved book 3 of the Ascendancy Trilogy (for the four of you out there who actually read and liked the first two books, you should know that I want to write book 3 someday; this isn’t abandonment, it’s postponement).
I didn’t limit myself to books because frankly, there really are NOT a lot out there. That’s a good thing though. At least the market isn’t saturated. I have watched nearly every underwater movie Netflix has in stock either as DVD or on Instant.
I loved that show back when it aired and I still love it just as much today. Maybe even more now because Jonathan Brandis and Roy Scheider are gone from this world. I watched the DVDs over and over. I found the authorized novels in a used bookstore and I read those. One of them is pretty good. But the others I couldn’t help but think, “I could have done a better job than this.” Well, once that thought settled in my brain, I was a goner.
Now I am to the point where I can’t really discuss this without going into particulars. If you’re not familiar with SeaQuest DSV or don’t care to become so, then this is going to be boring. Consider yourself excused from reading any further.
Still interested in my journey? Okay Go to Part 2.
Rather just skip the process and get to the GOOD STUFF? Check out the fiction links instead:
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Redemption, Chapter One on UnderseaAdventure.net
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