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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2010, 10:54:10 PM »
Someone will publish this.
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #61 on: October 07, 2010, 01:15:58 AM »
Someone will publish this.

Like it's under contract or it's so awesome that someone will for sure take it?

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #62 on: October 07, 2010, 03:15:47 AM »
I edited the post, but it didn't keep.

The way the market is now, there is no way that Brandon will not be able to find a publisher for anything he writes (as long as Brandon himself is happy with it). So while it's not under contract currently, that's not a problem.

There are a number of authors out there who only write under contract once they have established careers. For some authors, that is detrimental to their creativity. Lois McMaster Bujold mentioned that before she wrote her Sharing Knife first two books (it was one big book to start with, and IMHO should have stayed that way). Writing the books with no contract was much less stressful.

Brandon is doing something similar now. He has no external demands or expectations on his time for the rest of the year (except for touring). So he can write something that's fun and relaxing.
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #63 on: October 07, 2010, 03:43:02 AM »
Well, according to Brandon's twitter, it involves a necromancer protagonist.
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #64 on: October 07, 2010, 10:08:01 AM »
Well, according to Brandon's twitter, it involves a necromancer protagonist.

Surely the protagonist won't be an evil undead overlord.

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #65 on: October 07, 2010, 11:44:47 AM »
maybe he is preparing his platform to challenge John Scalzi for the Science Fiction Writers Association presidency?


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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #66 on: October 07, 2010, 12:06:40 PM »
I edited the post, but it didn't keep.

The way the market is now, there is no way that Brandon will not be able to find a publisher for anything he writes (as long as Brandon himself is happy with it). So while it's not under contract currently, that's not a problem.

There are a number of authors out there who only write under contract once they have established careers. For some authors, that is detrimental to their creativity. Lois McMaster Bujold mentioned that before she wrote her Sharing Knife first two books (it was one big book to start with, and IMHO should have stayed that way). Writing the books with no contract was much less stressful.

Brandon is doing something similar now. He has no external demands or expectations on his time for the rest of the year (except for touring). So he can write something that's fun and relaxing.

john scalzi wrote that he did the same thing with his Little Fuzzy reboot. I would think that midlist authors may not be able to afford to write without a contract. If you spend alot of time on a story, then no one buys it or it gets you less money than you thought. That could be a problem for authors just getting by.

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #67 on: October 07, 2010, 12:43:09 PM »
Since it's his secret project, it doesn't sound like he's that worried about it getting published...it's something that he wants to do because he wants to do it.  Kind of like the books that he wrote back when he worked at the hotel.  I've got a few projects like that that I want to do that will probably have to wait until I retire...*sigh*
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #68 on: October 07, 2010, 05:35:20 PM »
"Secret project almost at 50%. For those guessing, yes it is urban fantasy. No vampires, with or without sparkles."
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #69 on: October 07, 2010, 08:20:43 PM »
Urban fantasy with a necromancer hero? And pizza? Pizza with the Devil is my guess.

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #70 on: October 07, 2010, 11:03:59 PM »
john scalzi wrote that he did the same thing with his Little Fuzzy reboot. I would think that midlist authors may not be able to afford to write without a contract. If you spend alot of time on a story, then no one buys it or it gets you less money than you thought. That could be a problem for authors just getting by.


 I should think there's no such thing as wasted time spent writing, every bit you do is practice and you never know when you'll be able to use something you wrote a while ago but which didn't sell at the time. So long as you're not blowing off contract work or some other thing you could be doing to pay for bacon, I don't see how any writing isn't constructive in some way, even if it doesn't directly result in a sold book.

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #71 on: October 08, 2010, 01:28:08 PM »
Yep...even Brandon's "doodles" are artwork compared to most authors...I'll take his practice works as well as the ones that he publishes.  :)
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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #72 on: October 08, 2010, 07:51:56 PM »
I edited the post, but it didn't keep.

The way the market is now, there is no way that Brandon will not be able to find a publisher for anything he writes (as long as Brandon himself is happy with it). So while it's not under contract currently, that's not a problem.

There are a number of authors out there who only write under contract once they have established careers. For some authors, that is detrimental to their creativity. Lois McMaster Bujold mentioned that before she wrote her Sharing Knife first two books (it was one big book to start with, and IMHO should have stayed that way). Writing the books with no contract was much less stressful.

Brandon is doing something similar now. He has no external demands or expectations on his time for the rest of the year (except for touring). So he can write something that's fun and relaxing.

Peter, does this mean we might yet see books like Dark One, Steelheart or The King's Necromancer after all, if finding a publisher is no longer an issue?  Or is the problem with those books now simply that Brandon doesn't like them enough to sell them?

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #73 on: October 10, 2010, 01:35:47 AM »
Necromancer Urban Fantasy!!!  Hmm......do you guys thinks it'll be YA or Adult?

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Re: Brandon's Secret Project
« Reply #74 on: October 10, 2010, 03:17:19 AM »
Necromancer Urban Fantasy!!!  Hmm......do you guys thinks it'll be YA or Adult?

A bit of both.
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