Monday, 13 January 2014

Posting Immortal Space

I know I said on Friday that I planned to start posting Immortal Space again on my other blog as early as tomorrow but now that I've thought about it, I'm not so sure I can. Allow me to elaborate. I think I can post Immortal Space again; fact is I could do it very easily, I'm just not sure how much of it I could post you see.

I could post the rewritten chapters but I don't think I could get any farther into it than I already got to. When we left Immortal Space it was right before the final arc of the story. Trent and Jeff were off on an adventure to liberate Lena's planet and I fully intended for that to be it. I don't want to give away too much of course but if that story has an ultimate main villain, then it's the guy who's running things there.

I would feel like too much of a douche if I posted up until that point and then stopped again, yet at the same time I can't publish the whole thing online. I'm free to publish excerpts of something for promotional purposes as per my publishing agreement but I don't think that covers the entire work. Even if I wasn't on that publishing deal I would question the logic of posting something for free online and then trying to charge people for it. It's why when webcomics and other such things release stuff you can find online on their site, they also throw in exclusive things.

I should see the rewritten version as that exclusive thing. Things progress a little differently in that version and, most of all, it'll have a definitive end. So, really, I'm not so sure I can post Immortal Space again. Which would really be quite a big shame in my opinion because I did make several reassurances that I was going to bring it back, and even set a date this time.

I don't even know really. As I said, it seems like it would be a jerk move to only post some of it, and I don't think I could post all of it. I feel bad not posting any of it, but it seems like an adequate solution. The unedited and original version is still on this site, and I still have a tab leading to them.

I'm also open to suggestions and ideas. If you people are cool with me only posting some of it, then I'll be happy to do that. I'm most likely worrying about something I have no reason to be worrying about. I probably have plenty of actual concerns I need to be worried about too.

6 comments:

  1. Okay here's the deal, see. You can't post the final work in full, but we already got the largest chunk of it, see. You said the flow of that was changes up a little? And we (or at least I) don't fully recall everything that happened, see. So here's the plan, see. You do a little recap/summary of how everything went down and then, see, you can continue where you left off more or less. See how this is not posting the work in its entirety but still giving us what we want? Yeah, see.
    (Ten thousand bonus points if you got that reference, see.)

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  2. Like Fang said, I remember the story but I don't remember all of the details, so especially if things have been rewritten and changed a little/improved, that's incentive to buy. And don't feel bad about giving away a sample and then charging for the rest. It's how you entice readers. Just look at Amazon ebooks in general. You can pull open any ebook by clicking the "look inside!" thingy, read the first few chapters, and then it gets cut off and says, "Like what you read? Buy the rest!" If you think about it, this really isn't any different.

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  3. I don't think anyone will be upset if you only post bits of it. This is your work, and we're grateful that you post anything at all for free. As the folks above said, just see it as promotional material. Don't worry if the excerpts you post finish in the middle of the narrative, that's what will encourage people to buy the book to find out what happens next.

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  4. Post whatever you feel comfortable with. If you aren't happy with posting the whole thing, don't.

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  5. I think it would be cool if you would just single out excerpts that you thought were particularly compelling and then read them, in a podcast, or even better on youtube. I say this, because just posting excerpts to read will be confusing. If you read it to us, then you can offer a brief explanation of what is going on, and plug in commentary even...

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  6. i agree with jimmy in the excerpts...another thought is to tell us some side stories that you may slide into the final version...things that build up the world they exist in, or spin offs....

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