Monday, November 11, 2013

Sword & Planet

Many moons ago, an enthusiastic group of writers had an idea. What if we each contributed a short story to an anthology that took place in a shared world setting? And what if that setting was a Burroughs-esque Sword & Planet setting? And what if each writer wrote his story about a different planet? A Facebook page was quickly constructed, and planets were doled out to several writers, some basic details and ideas were hashed out, and soon work really began.

Well, as these things sometimes go, some writers had to bow out, the editor was forced to abandon ship for several very good reasons, and it looked like the idea was dead in the water. However, that left six people with completed stories that they were unsure what to do with.

A few of us have decided to share those stories on Kindle (and possibly other eBook venues). For my own part, I have formatted it, packaged it with a nice cover, and put it out there. I published it last night, but this morning when I woke up a sudden thought occured to me, and I realized I had forgotten a few key elements (such as the copyright notice). So, this morning I fixed the base file, and re-uploaded it. It should be available for purchase some time this afternoon.

In re-reading it yesterday, I did notice one flaw, and it may be a big one. But, I will wait for someone to point it out. Because I tried to figure out how to fix it, and I just couldn't think of anything that didn't sound stupid. So, I left the story as is. I rather like it. It's got adventure, danger, excitement, pirates, flying ships, aliens, and a bit of romance. All told, I think fans of the genre will enjoy it. It's a short story (just a hair under 10,000 words), and it will retail for $1.25.

I will post again later when it is published, and I hope you try it out!


Keith West said...

Excellent! I'd heard about this project (from Mark Finn if I'm thinking about the project you're talking about) and was disappointed when it didn't pan out.

Any chance you are free to reveal the other authors who are self-pubbing their stories?

Tom Doolan said...

I know that Charles Gramlich is puting his out there soon. I'm not sure about the rest. I will probably create a new Blog for the project to centralize any information, and post links when they become available.

Charles Gramlich said...

Mine is already set up. I just have to post the blog post to say it's available.

Tom Doolan said...

Ok, Joe Bonadonna co-wrote his with David Smith. But Joe has decided to take his portions of the story, and incorporate them into a larger work (possibly not related to Sol). Chris Blanchard (a personal friend of mine from way back) is planning to shop his around, but is not totally averse to the idea of Kindling it. The other two I have no idea about. I'm not even sure who they are.

Keith West said...

Got both yours and Charles'. Thanks for the info on the others. I'll keep an eye out for them.