Episode 44 - Writing the Detectives
Works in Progress
[00:00:36] Mike is working on his short stories but hasn't launched his new site for them.
Eric is putting a light rewrite together on Prince of Pigeon Hill based on the feedback he received from the book doctor. He is working on a blog post based on his conversation with her. He's looking through his short stories and considering which one would make a good submission to a literary journal.
John did some minor work on Drone Syndicate. He also did a writing prompt led to goofing around on Pat Gill, the Prospector of Orion Seven.
[00:02:49] John is reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. It's a techno-thriller.
Eric is halfway through Devotion by Adam Makos
Eric made a mistake. Instead of going downstairs to fetch the book he was already reading, he picked up the nearest novel and started to read. That book? War and Peace.
Mike continues to read Famine (Book one of the Apocalyptics) by Monica Enderle Pierce. The writing style isn't bugging him as much as it was before.
What's happening online
Airstory vs. Airstory
I'd like to give you a quick update on Airstory... cuz we've been quiet for a little while, and there's a reason.
My cofounder Jim and I have found ourselves in a pretty classic cofounder situation: we need to part ways.
Here's how that may or may not affect you.
If you are already beta testing / using Airstory...
The app that you're currently using will continue to be supported and to evolve under a new name (to be announced to you). This transition will take place before the end of March. Your use of the app will not be disrupted, and all your projects and data will be preserved. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
If you are not yet beta testing / using Airstory...
I (Joanna Wiebe) am building a new version of Airstory. My app will keep the name Airstory. Going forward, I'll keep you looped in on the development of the new Airstory, which is already underway. If you have any questions about being invited to beta test Airstory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @air_story.
Just to be clear, Jim and I are parting amicably. We simply have different visions for what Airstory could be, and we're each going to pursue our visions independently.
Great things to come!
[00:07:58] InCoWriMo is International Correspondence Writing Month, aka February. It's old-school social media, with papers, pens, postage and all that. Eric is looking for addresses from some of our listeners so he can send out letters! Mike has been doing great as the InCoWriMo coach.
Searchable Historical Novels
[00:10:21] The website HistoricalNovels.info breaks down historical novels by location and time period. Over 600 novels have been categorized and readers can find the works they are most interested in reading.
The Literary Binge Read
[00:11:05] The Rise of the Literary Binge Read discusses that hypertext did not kill the novel, but the Internet has changed storytelling in both television and literature.
Twenty years later, we all live in our own personal hypertext novel, glued to our phones as we bounce from Twitter spat to Tinder chat, pausing only to click on the latest cat video on a friend’s Facebook feed. But, oddly, when we choose our offline entertainment, we don’t gravitate toward books and TV shows that mirror our hyperlinked lives. Instead, in an age of digital distraction, we crave narrative: the bigger, bolder, and more immersive the better.
Long-form storytelling has taken hold on television because of Netflix and the ability to binge watch.
The article goes on to say that literary fiction, borrowing from genre, will reinvent itself. But I don't buy the literary vs. genre bs.
When the literary establishment that once patrolled genre boundaries is drowned out by thousands of readers communicating directly with each other on Goodreads, and all books are sold in the same venues to the same mass audience, what wins out is readability, not prestige.
Tech Focus - M
Clear your Amazon search string
[00:18:01] In this K-lytics video, the presenter recommends cleaning out the search parameters for Amazon searches. The URL with the extra links affects the ranking of the book, and so it should not be included.
[00:20:08] Standout Books has research tools to help you find your novel's search terms and what people are searching for. Keywords will help readers find your book.
[00:21:36] Maitre is an app that allows people to sign up in a queue for events, but could also be used for giving away signed copies of novels or special editions. When a user is in the queue, they are moved up the queue for each social media share.
Craft Talk - Detective Stories
[00:25:07] What are the rules in writing detective stories?
- 20 Rules for Writing Detective Stories
- Raymond Chandler's Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel
Writing that Pays
[00:33:38] OkeyPanky is seeking submissions. UPDATE: Submissions are closed until August 2016.