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24 November 2012 @ 01:01 pm
Next Big Thing(s)  
[Updated!]

My author chums Una McCormack and Ben Aaronovitch have been taking part in this “talk about your cool stuff” meme recently (you can find their entries Here and Here) and Una tagged me to follow on with my take on things.

The idea is, as the title suggests, to talk about your Next Big Thing. The only problem for me is, my Next Big Thing is actually a Thing I Can’t Talk About Under Pain Of Death. In the past I’ve blogged about Non Disclosure Agreements (if you’re not familiar with these, you can read “Never Divulge Anything” Here) and because of several of those, my NBT entry looks like this:

What is the title of your new project?
[REDACTED]

Where did the idea come from for the project?
[#STUDIO]

What genre does your project fall under?
[REDACTED]

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
[THAT GUY WHO WAS IN GAME OF THRONES], [THAT GIRL FROM TRON LEGACY], [THAT OTHER GUY WHO WAS IN THOR]

What is the one sentence synopsis of your project?
[REDACTED] learns that [REDACTED] is about to [REDACTED], so they [REDACTED] across [REDACTED] and [REDACTED].

Will your project be self-published or represented by an agency?
[REDACTED]

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
[#TIME PERIOD]

What other projects would you compare this story to within your genre?
[LOTS]

Who or what inspired you to write this project?
[?!?], [:)], [WTF?] and [$$].

What else about your project might pique the reader’s interest?
[STUFF]

So; instead I’m going to blog about something I can speak about, the Next Not Quite Big Thing, my first ever original eBook project due out in March next year...

What is the title of your new book?
The Stuff of Dreams; it’s a Star Trek: The Next Generation ebook novella.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The story picks up a dangling narrative thread left over from the movie Star Trek Generations; originally I wrote it as the basis for a role-playing game scenario for the now-defunct ST:TNG RPG produced by Last Unicorn Games, and I’ve had it kicking around for several years. I realized that with some revision and expansion, it made a good basis for a novella...

What genre does your book fall under?
Science fiction, natch.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
It’s a Jean-Luc Picard story, so Patrick Stewart, of course. The other main character is an old friend of Picard’s, and after seeing them together on screen in X-Men, I keep seeing him as Ian McKellan.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When Captain Picard is summoned back to the mysterious space-time phenomenon known as the nexus, he and his crew become embroiled in a desperate plot to rewrite history, no matter what the cost.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. It’ll be digitally published by a Gallery Books, an imprint of the publisher Simon & Schuster.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A month and a bit.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It follows on from David Mack’s Cold Equations trilogy; generally, I tried to tell a story that feels like a later-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My editor asked me nicely.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hard to say; I never like to try and predict what people might think of the stuff I write. I hope the work speaks for itself!

So; to carry on the meme-age, I have to tag five more writers to blog about their Next Big Thing - I Choose You Guys: Dayton Ward, Nathan Long, Danie Ware, Rich Dansky and Chris Wraight.

Updated - Here's Danie's entry, and here's Dayton's...
 
 
 
Dayton Warddaytonward on November 24th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Here's mine!

My Next Big Thing.
jmswallow: Generaljmswallow on November 25th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Cool! Link added...