Movie 1? Script 1? Hey. Why not?

So it occurred to me: between changing jobs, changing a lot about my health and life and living in general, and chasing a lot of music…I’ve neglected to update on my books!

That is a remission that must be remedied expeditiously, and my announcement is thusly: In due time, hopefully well before NaNoWriMo 2013, I will have a second edition of my first book, Mages, available in paperback and Kindle formats, as well as its screenplay twin.

Yes, the screenplay will be live as well.

Now, you may ask, “Why a screenplay on sale? Why not just pitch it?”

One step at a time, folks. I am going to pitch the movie version of the entire series, but really, what I want to do is tap a new readers’ market. People love screenplays. They may not want to read a 350-page brick of a novel, but they may not be so fastidious about a movie script that runs through, effectively, everything in the book but in 1/4 of the time. Unfortunately, in today’s go-get-’em digital rush, the speed’s the thing. If the book doesn’t read quickly – and I tend to run on the verbose side of authorship – then it will greatly lose in its audience, which I cannot afford to do.

Moreover, the books for the second arc will take some time in editing, and I have been priding myself on releasing a book per year so far. And you know what, I want to keep that up. Between working on the second arc’s edit and laying down the groundwork for NaNo 2013’s project, which shall be the Origins arc, I want to ensure that I have a continued presence in the publication market. So far, one novel a year has been enough, but this is now a year that I’ve not released a book -YET. That, to me, won’t do.

The interesting thing about it is, I’ve been experimenting with Scrivener for file conversion, and find that the e-book variant is an amazing thing. I can format everything I need perfectly in novel format. Screenwriting on this one is a breeze. 

What I’d like to do, especially in this little experiment, is to marry two readership groups: screenplay fans and sci-fi fans looking for a new story.

What I’m also doing, by systematically releasing the books as screenplays, is also re-branding the series. So far it’s been an arc, but a kind-of-disconnected arc, and it’s in need of some reworking. So this is why the first two books will have new cover art – to be revealed at publication; although if you’re on my Facebook page for the books, you may’ve glimpsed it – and the marketing material will be revised. I think it’s safe to say that the books do have a logo to go with, and it’s time to put that to good use.

Until next time…