If you’re in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 19th (a week from tomorrow), check out the mass SFWA autographing event. It is free and open to the public with over 70 authors signing (and selling) their books. I hope to see you there!
Michael Chamoy, the producer who is leading the effort to produce a movie script for my Hell Holes trilogy and then pitch the script to potential buyers, made two nice recommendations that I have just implemented in new drafts of my first two books. I have modified the magic aspects to make them alien demon technology (using Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law to tie the sci-fi and paranormal aspects together) and introduced a prime antagonist: the supreme ruler of Hell, the demon homeworld. As soon as my editor finishes her review of the changes, I shall issue new editions of the books, hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks.
On April 21st, Hollywood producers Michael Chamoy and Nat Mundel acquired the shopping rights to my Hell Holes trilogy with the ultimate goal of turning it into a major feature film. They are currently hiring a scriptwriter to produce the script and movie treatment based on the books over the next four to six months, after which they will pitch the film to prospective buyers such as studio execs and investors. I am particularly happy to have Mike as the producer for three reasons. First, he has experience on science-fiction movies (The Incredible Hulk) and TV series (Alphas) and therefore understands the genre. Second, he has already given me two excellent ideas for improving both the books and making the script more marketable: a way of tying the science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and horror together into a unified whole, and he opening my eyes to the value of having a primary antagonist to put a single face on the horde of nameless demons. Third, we hit it off during our initial telephone call in a collaborative way that convinced us that we can work well together. While the odds are always low that any single script will ever eventually make it into becoming an actual movie given the flood of scripts competing to be filmed, I have a good feeling about this and great hopes. If nothing else, the next year should be an interesting ride.
For the next couple of months, I am going to concentrate my writing on supporting the script writing process and making the associated changes to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below and Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. For example, I am putting together a “cheat sheet” for the Mike and the script writer on the characters, the demons, and Hell, the demon homeworld, which I hope will make it easier to capture my vision. I understand that the movie will be different than the books in terms of what’s included, emphasized, and changed to fit the media of film as opposed to books. Still, I’d like to minimize the unnecessary differences between the two.
My website was down for at least a couple of hours this morning. Apparently, WordPress updated their code, and the new code needed a new version of a plugin to work. My web hosting provider diagnosed the problem and fixed it for me. Go WhoIs; you rock!
Wednesday evening (April 12th), I will be having an hour long telephone conversation with movie and TV screen writer and producer Michael Chamoy, during which I will pitch my Hell Holes series as a movie or 3-part TV miniseries. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to talk to someone who has worked on both science fiction movies (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers) and the TV series Alphas.
While I realize that extremely few pitches are successful, I am cautiously hopeful. At the very least, I hope to learn my books’ potential marketability and how I can increase it and my pitch for any future attempts. Wish me luck.
I am taking part in the Brain To Books Cybercon Science Fiction Blog Hop.
I just reviewed Cyberpunk Tales, a great three-book boxed set of science fiction books. I highly recommend it.
One of the authors, Ashley Hunt, just gave me a wonderful character interview with Vivian Hsu (Red Viper), the kick-ass anti-heroine, which I will be including in the April 1st issue of Firesmith’s Speculative Fiction Newsletter. You can subscribe here. Believe me, you won”t want to miss it.
Also, every month, I will be running a contest in which all subscribers are automatically entered. First prize is an autographed copy of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.
Tomorrow evening (Thursday, 8 February 2017) at 6PM CDT (7PM EDT), I am going to be interviewed live on Back Porch Writer Show on Blog Talk Radio. I hope you decide to join us live as I answer questions about “Living the Life of an Indie Author”.
Hell Holes: What Lurks Below today made the Amazon Kindle Best Seller lists for Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction (#11) and Modern & Paranormal Fantasy (#27). Wow.
Downloads of my first book have continued with over 100 occurring in the last three days. Today, I broke the 1,000 total downloads mark between Barnes & Noble, iBooks, InstaFreebie, Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon ebooks), and Smashwords. It is amazing what concentrating heavily on marketing for a couple of months can do. In a few days, I am going to look at my daily statistics and try to figure out which of the many marketing approaches I’ve been using have been the most effective. For example, one of the companies I’ve used for Book Tours seems to be far more effective than another. Similarly, book spotlights on some eNewsletters also seem better than others (probably due to subscription size and genre makeup).