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And what of Little Nell? - Diary of a Necromancer
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And what of Little Nell?
Maths have been poked at with a stick, and it looks as if the Original-Fiction Manuscript could probably be fit into the LJ posting limits with only two of the chapters absolutely needing to be subdivided over technical considerations. SO, I guess my next questions center around presentation:

Poll #1519508 I Like To Watch... erm, read, sorry

I like my screen-based reading in bites of:

a screen or two of text
up to about ten pages of text at a go
just give me the entire damn chapter as you originally broke it, I don't care how long it runs

I can't stand my screen-based reading broken into:

a screen or two of text at a go
half the chapter and then leave me hanging in a weird place all week
HOW many screens long is this damn chapter?

I prefer to read fiction on-screen in:

a sans-serif font, such as this journal's default
a serif font, such as Times
I don't care, I was going to override it with style sheets anyway

I prefer to see:

several shorter installments a week
one longer installment a week
whatever is necessary for technical reasons

I prefer to read over:

a drawn-out posting schedule to build anticipation between 'episodes' (3-6 months)
a compressed posting schedule because I want to know how it all comes out (6-12 weeks)
whatever is necessary for technical reasons

I would like an option to...

download a .pdf at the completion of posting
download a complete .pdf somewhere around the midpoint of posting
download a non-pdf e-reader format
purchase a hardcopy through a print-on-demand service
download an audio version and I am volunteering to help you set that up ;)

Actually getting rather excited about doing this, and thinking I may start as soon as next Monday, once I've had one last pass over the Manuscript for anything that the Self of six years later has Learned Better since. (It did look pretty good as I was skimming for places to segment it out, but there's always that "...oh, shit, I never noticed THAT one" bomb lying in wait.) For the record, the natural breakpoints appear to make it either 16 long installments or 30 shorter pieces, if this would influence your poll choices regarding scheduling -- I could do either across roughly the same timeframe and end around the beginning of June, or I could draw out smaller bits over the summer if anyone's really jonesing for a Dickensian serialized experience...

feeling: curious curious

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ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: February 1st, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I looked into publishing my own novel at Amazon last year. It's a bit pricy -- I think I'd have to sell about 100 copies to break even.

I was playing with the idea of starting up a small press.

I love the idea of podcast/audible book. I'd love to help with that, though I have no experience. Or equipment. Um.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 3rd, 2010 02:23 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I've been watching copperbadge mull over similar options and I'm definitely thinking that the strictest sort of print-on-demand model is the way to go -- no inventory to get stuck with, for one... {gloomy look}
morgynleri_fic From: morgynleri_fic Date: February 1st, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
On that last question - I'd love a print copy, but as I have no money, just crocheted goods and a book of my own original shorts... I'd have to trade, rather than pay.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 2nd, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
LOL, I'm kind of in that same spot myself, unless I put up a donation button (which I was pretty much going to do anyway {ahem} but it just kinda sucks being so broke I'd have to turn round and re-invest it in the business like that...) -- I do like the trading idea if I can get my hands on extras... ;)
kreutzmarie From: kreutzmarie Date: February 2nd, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm in the middle of doing podfic for some friends, and I'm kinda getting addicted to it. So yeah, if you'd like someone to read it for ya, I'd be more than happy to. :D
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 3rd, 2010 02:21 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hm, this could work quite nicely... assuming you've already got the setup, from that description, got anything available yet to show off as a demo reel? ;)
kreutzmarie From: kreutzmarie Date: February 3rd, 2010 03:18 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The chapters are actually getting posted over here as they're finished. Me and another friend are making the fic available in both British and American versions, so don't let it throw ya (it's Supernatural RPS, btw, and I'm headed back to re-edit the first couple chapters sometime soon).

We're doing both (soon to be 3) books of 50ish chapters, so epic projects don't scare me. XD
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 3rd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
...As Brain belatedly reminds me that it's a first-person narrative -- and my male narrator has already been mistaken for a girl once as it is, LOL! (Hopefully I have cleared that up since the "YAY FEMSLASH WHUT OOPS" draft...) But hey, if you could rustle up a partner-in-crime, the female lead's part is "on-screen" as much as he is and it'd be Neat to see if it could be done as more of a radio play... is this technically possible, do you think?

Edited at 2010-02-03 09:46 am (UTC)
kreutzmarie From: kreutzmarie Date: February 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hmm...I dunno. I think it's possible. We'd (me and whatever partner-in-crime is stupid brave enough) have to talk out how we'd go about it, but my audio program allows me to take multiple audio tracks and copy/paste/cut them together (implying we record our parts separately). It'd be much easier that way, and allow us to cut out screw-ups and play with beats, but I think it's possible.

It'd just be a matter of getting it where we could react off of each other's lines.
kreutzmarie From: kreutzmarie Date: February 3rd, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Also, the other person recording Smoke & Lightning is a guy, but also a Brit. I might be able to talk him into this project, so would it matter that you'd have an American and a Brit? (If we do it that way, I just think it'd be hellishly cool that the audio version was put together by two people over 4000 miles apart.)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 4th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That would actually be fabulous, since it's even specified in the story that the characters have accents relative to each other's speech. Hm, I think we may have enough of a plan coming together here that I should be thinking about how to cobble together some sort of pronunciation guide for the proper names... :)
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