Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 7/25/14


Can you imagine it?  Can you see it?  Do you perceive the conundrums associated with futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel and the eventual contact with other sentient beings?  If you are a Science Fiction reader/writer, these concepts (and many others) race through your mind all the time.  That’s exciting!  Very exciting!  And we know it is exciting because of NPR’s 2011 list of Top 100 Sci-Fi-Fantasy books, the first eleven books of them being written and published between 1917 and 1964—way before authors had the option to self-publishHurray for today’s technological advances!  The field is wide open!

It is important, however, to honor the legacy that previous Sci-Fi authors left for us, which demonstrates that good writing never “dies.”  JRR Tolkien’s books are currently being made into amazing films, motivating millions to re-read the original books.  Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books have tweaked the imaginations of such visionaries as Ray Bradbury who admired the element of Burroughs’ stimulating “relationship” tales and incorporated many of those concepts in his Star Trek TV series and later films.  James Cameron (Avatar) and George Lucas (Star Wars) were also influenced by Mr. Burroughs’ books.  Yes, indeed, excellent writing combined with out-of-this-world imagination lives “into the future.”  That alone encourages today’s Sci-Fi authors.

Now, let me add more information to “boost” you off the couch and into your writing room!  Do you remember the film 2001: A Space Odyssey?  Way back in 1968, author Arthur C. Clarke developed this science fiction novel concurrently with Stanley Kubrick’s film version.  The novel was actually published after the release of the film.  Some might call this a conspiracy between Clarke and Kubrick.  If so, it was a brilliant conspiracy, indeed.  Both novel and film were/are big successes—and Arthur C. Clarke became the “official” author of the novel because the lion’s share of it was based on numerous short stories he’d written between 1948 and 1968.  By end-of-the-year 1992, the novel had sold 3 million copies!

Today a new novel associated with that novel/film has come on the scene (July, 2014)—The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’  It is a four-volume set that explores (in great depth) every aspect of the film and its making from the use of groundbreaking technical effects, extraordinary set designs, plus the fascinating collaboration between Kubrick and Clarke.  Now that is what I call longevity in the writer’s world!  When the magic of imaginative/futuristic science and technology blend with well-developed writing techniques and inspiration, amazing things DO happen.

SO, if your thoughts are filled with a plethora of possibilities for life and living in the next decades and/or millennia please, write them out for all of us to enjoy.  The publishing industry has moved forward “into the future” too, and offers multiple self-publishing options for your every need.  Go boldly my friends!  GO BOLDLY!

Royalene ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.

One thought on “Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 7/25/14

  1. Dear Royalene: I always relish the sage advise of the SPA, but do you or anyone else there have any advise for SP authors of Western Historic Romantic Fiction? Or has the day of the Western left the American literary landscape? Respectfully, John D Kearney

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