Curveball Update

9 years ago | ubersoft (Member)

A few months back I posted a snippet of a longer superhero-themed work on my site and despite not really doing much with it, I got some pretty good feedback on it, the point where I started thinking "well, I should post this regularly." One thing led to another, and I eventually decided to go a little farther with it than I originally expected. I've talked a little bit about it on this forum, but since I'm (really, really, really close) to publication I figure I'd give an update.

Essentially, I'm going to experiment with publishing Curveball serially in eBook and Kindle format, as well as webfiction. I'm adopting a comic book model for publication--it will update monthly and each release will be called an "issue." I've developed a four-part structure for each issue, and each issue will range from 8-10K words.

I'm calling it a "prose comic" because I'm borrowing so heavily from traditional comic books in term of content and theme--superheroes got started in comic books, for the most part, and making each issue as comic bookish as possible will (I hope) clue the readers in to where I'm going. The cover of each eBook is actually designed to look like a comic book. I spent some (in my opinion) serious money to hire a real, honest-to-god artists to design two static covers that I can switch between issues.

I've been trying to think of ways to make the prose resemble comic books, though there's really not a whole lot you can do. You can't make a word look like a picture, and you don't want the entire book written in a comic lettering font because that would suck hard. However, I've started rewriting everything in Third Person, Present Tense because that is a common convention in narrator panels in comic books, and while I'm really not a fan of that tense in general I think it actually works. In a few days I'll be taking what's currently on my site down and replacing it with the new stuff, but I'm still waiting on the artist for Issue 1 to get me the final versions of his work. I'm also waiting for a few administrative things to go through before I release everything. I was hoping for a July 2 release because that's my birthday, and that would have been cool, but at this point it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

I'm still publishing it on my site as webfiction, it's just coming in monthly in order to adhere to the comic book conventions (and to give me a little more time to work with everything). We'll see how that works out given Wildbow's experiments--retaining an audience on a monthly publication may not be realistic. On the other hand, it may be the primary method of distribution is electronic through Amazon, B&N, etc. Only time will tell, and I don't expect any immediate successes.

Right now I'm trying to figure out which domain name I should use primarily for all this. I have and thematically I prefer "," but this is tricky, because I don't own and that's every easy to mistype. Also, since this really isn't a comic, the domain name may be more misleading than I want it to be. "Chronicles" though sounds too bookish and not very supeheroish. I would have preferred just getting "" but that's already taken. Such is life.

I could subdomain it, I would be relatively trivial to set up.

Anyway, that's really a minor detail in the grand scheme of things. Which of course is why I'm obsessing over it...

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A Rake by Starlight (Updating)

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  1. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Sounds like fun, and I wish you luck with it!

    Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
  2. Kess (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Sounds like an interesting endeavour! I love the idea of serialising this way. Good luck, and I hope it works out for you. I'll be interested to hear how it goes. :)

  3. Chris George (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    This sounds like a really interesting model, one worth learning more about if it's successful. Keep us posted and good luck!

    Shadow - Monsters, Machines and Mad Scientists
  4. SgL (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    David Gaughran highlighted someone who tried this earlier this year. In case it's helpful, Matthew Iden's blog is here:

    ETA: Oops. this is the one I meant to originally reference ...

  5. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Thanks for that link! Nice to see others are trying the same sort of thing.

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