Saturday, July 29, 2017

What's happening at Ian Wood's Novels? The usual - write Write! WRITE!

This is the sister website to Ian Wood's Novellum, my book review blog, and is the place to come for updates on my novels, for rambling about writing them, for sneak peaks and sample chapters, and for free downloads - when I get organized that is - and that's taking a while. I'm sorry, but I'm all about writing while I can write! When I'm on a roll I just want to write (or in the case of the children's Little Rattuses series), create, and the hell with anything else. That's what it's all about after all, isn't it?

My books are no longer on Amazon. I've ceased all publication and withdrawn all of my books from there because frankly they're jerks, and Amazon is way too big and powerful. Not that I agree with Trump about their postal discount - they don't get anything any other business doesn't, but the last book I submitted there for publication had my name changed by Amazon without any consultation with me, and for no other reason than that the people in charge there are quite evidently morons. I wrote and complained, but my complaint was ignored.

That was the end of the relationship for me, and I don't care if it does cost me sales, Amazon can go to hell. I will never offer another book for sale on Amazon, and I sincerely hope my estate when I am gone will respect these wishes. The books are available on Barnes & Noble and becoming available on Kobo, and I hope to publish them on iBooks and Google Play soon. I looked into setting up on Lulu, but those people are just as difficult to work with as Smashwords, so no, I will no longer do business with Lulu or Smashwords. I'd rather go direct to the others than to work through middle management like those two.

I have many novels in progress at one lowly stage or another at the moment (for certain constrained definitions of 'in progress' and 'at the moment'...and 'lowly stage'). The most advanced (for certain constrained definitions of 'advanced') of the upcoming books are these:

  • The Very Grackled Rattuses, in the only series I will ever write: The Little Rattuses, is published. The next volume is underway. Hopefully it will not take me as long to get done as the last two did!
  • I envision at least one more novel in the Terrene World™ group, in which Cloud Fighters and Seahorses are both set. The third story will feature largely middle-grade boys for a change. Yes - the world is evolving and expanding, just like real life! I have nothing put together on this story yet except a general idea of what it will involve. It will, I promise you, strongly argue for the environment, as all these novels do. Because this is just in the concept stage, I can't even guess when it might be out, but I can promise you that you will see it here first! I also came up with an idea for a more mature novel featuring two characters from Seahorses when they go off to uni! I'm excited about it, but that's some way down the pike (or is it a keyboard?) at the moment.
  • I'm still aiming to do an updated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped re-written for the modern age, but I have no' yet poot doon anything on paper, Ladies and Laddies! I do have a good story idea though.
  • I'm still planning a variation on Jane Austen's First Impressions (yes, you have to be an Austen buff to know which novel that refers to!). I was thinking that both this and the Kidnapped stories would get done in 2018, but since I added three novels to my schedule: the Jurassic World parody, this sci-fi I've almost finished, and this short story collection I;m about to get back to, it's not going to happen this year. Too many ideas, too little time!
  • Another such one is my wish to bring up-to-date an old first draft of a novel set in England about a serial killer that I wrote years ago. I think this will now be in early 2018 since, though I've figured out a relatively pain-free way to get it from hand-written to editable electronic form, I haven't done a thing with it yet!
  • I have this idea for writing a novel about novel writing! How convoluted is that? This is now on the cards for at least starting early 2019.
  • I had this great idea for a novel about Ancient Egyptian Queen and Pharaoh, Nefertiti. After writing Cleoprankster, I can't get Egypt out of my head! Actually, while we can blame Cleo for a lot, we can't blame her for that! It was there before Cleo. It was in my mind when I wrote Tears in Time. I do know I won't get started on that this year. I'm still thinking about it lots though which is a bad sign. I really miss Cleo and Istnofret!
  • There is a pair of novels I have in mind, closely connected, about a detective and her twin sister. I have begun work on the opening chapters of both of these, but done little with them recently, so again, 2019!
  • A whole host (yes, because anything less would be a ho-ho) of other projects which may or may not ever come to fruition including a Jane Austen-flavored story I've been thinking about, based on the youngest Bennet child (that ought to be an easier clue to solve), I may or may not, but it's looking more likely the more I think about it. Again 2019 or later.
  • One more thing I think I was planning for 2018 but which will not start before next year now, is a third novel set in Temmeland™, the locale for Femarine and Nature of the Beast. I've been thinking about this more and more and I'm becoming ever more enamored of it because I'm falling in love with the main two characters, and that's where it starts, right? Love 'em or leave 'em! Nothing is written yet, but I have the basic opening portion mapped out in my mind, which will be about a third of the novel. After that, I shall wing-it, as I typically do, and let the characters tell me where to go rather than the other way around, but I have a general plot laid out. It's more fun for me to work way and it certainly makes for a better novel. Besides, my characters resent me if I try to run their lives. I know the beginning very well, and I know the ending I want, so it's just a matter of getting from the one to the other! It'll be a fun journey.
  • I have an embryonic idea for a fourth Temmeland™ novel, this one female-centric involving a character mentioned in Nature of the Beast.
  • Finally I have an idea for a novel which will be a bit like a parody of chick lit, but not quite and certainly not like my other parodies; it will be more like Rumped!: a satire rather than a parody, but it will also be written in a more serious vein - because that's where my ink comes from: right out of my veins! Maybe I will aim this one at Xmas 2019. Next year is sure going to be busy isn't it?

Now I have to get back to writing! Writing! Writing! Keep your pencil up!