Salve Writers! Today I want to talk about how I keep my Writing Mojo (or whatever else you want to call it!). Hopefully my fellow writers (and readers) will find this interesting!
So I’ve been thinking about what is next for the Steam Empire Chronicles. Obviously, I still have to finish Laurel Emperor! But what then?
Here are a few long term goals. So far I’ve got the following ideas…
- A novella about the Battle of the Teutonberg forest (victory for the Romans, of course!)
- A novella about the arrival of Romans in the New World.
- A novella about the last real gladiator of Rome
- Compose all the novellas into an Anthology with a bonus novella inside – definitely would consider adding illustrations to this novella collection.
- Make a giant omnibus of all the Steam Empire Chronicle Novels into one large print book (Not digital) – definitely add some more illustrations to Steel Praetorian in this, and then adding them to the current ebook as well.
- I’d love to get some audiobooks done, but only if there’s significant interest. I’m thinking a kickstarter for this would be worth it.
- Without revealing any spoilers, if people seemed interested, I’d start working on some spin-offs focusing on characters, especially in the new world or in more ‘historical’ situations in the novels.
Thoughts? What would you guys like to see?
I’ve updated the information on Brass Legionnaire’s book page above. I’m planning on having a friend do some general clean up work on the book, which will be significantly revised in the next month. Backers of the kickstarter who pledge $25 or more or add some money for additional print copies of Brass Legionnaire will get the updated version. Already have a copy? No worries! I’m looking at cleaning up various problems and smoothing the story out, so your old version will not be ‘obsolete!’ and if I choose to add an additional chapter, I’ll make it available for free here on the website, as that’s fair for everyone. (Although I want you to buy my books, I don’t want you to buy a new copy of Brass Legionnaire just for another chapter, that’s silly!)
In essence, I’ve added character plots for Julius, Constantine and Corbus. See the overall design of their story plots in BL, and learn a bit more about the characters!
Also, there’s only EIGHT DAYS LEFT IN THE KICKSTARTER! Help us reach $1250 and everyone will get BOTH of my novellas for free! Woo! We’re only about $230 away, so every dollar helps!
So while I wait for the kickstarter, cover art, editing, and everything else to fall into place, I found myself inspired by some miniatures that I’ve been working on. This story doesn’t fall into the world of the Steam Empire Chronicles, but maybe I can blend it in later (depending on the response).
Let me know what you think below! All commentary is welcome. Continue reading
[This is a continuation of this article from earlier this year, where I examine the idea of creating novellas to supplement author income.]
In the last post, I discussed more the ‘self-publishing’ component of novellas. To summarize that post.
Pros: Can be done quickly, requires less editing, allows you to expand different parts of a story without having to create a fully fleshed out novel, builds out your world and provides other small, continuous income streams.
Cons: Takes you away from your primary goal of finishing novels, too many or the wrong idea can slow you down, still requires effort and money to self publish, can be a low return on investment.
About a year or so ago, I posted this article on Novellas and the self-published author. I’ve put the original article on the bottom of this post for your enjoyment. I’ve now published two novellas, one through my traditional self-publishing system, and one through a small publisher, to try and see which approach I like more. I figured it would be beneficial to share my new insights and thoughts.
When a scouting expedition goes disastrously wrong, Marius Quinctius Regillus finds himself in a horde of trouble. With the Mongols encircling the grand fortress city of Antioch, Regillus and his men are trapped between a governor’s ambitions and the Mongolian weaponry. With nowhere to turn, can they save the city, or will Antioch Burn?
Discover a new threat to the industrial Imperium of Rome in Antioch Burns, the latest novella in the Steam Empire Chronicles by award-winning author Daniel Ottalini.
Ever wondered what happened to those pansy Persians? Got a hankering to see the Mongols unleash some horde-ifyingly awesome surprises? Antioch Burns is the right book for you!
BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL!
For a limited time, Brass Legionnaire is on sale for only 99 cents, and if you own a physical copy of the novel, it’s FREE to download this week only! If you haven’t gotten my award winning novel yet, there’s no better time! The price goes back up this weekend! They’ll be more on the #steamlit #extravaganza coming out tonight as well, but don’t wait, get Brass Legionnaire and Antioch Burns now!
ROMA AERONAUTICA IS ON SALE FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MARCH!
Only 99 cents for a great, fast paced novella. Perfect for an afternoon or late night read-a-thon!
Want to learn more about Rufius Alexandros, captain of the airship Scioparto and loyal follower of Constantine, heir to the Empire? Check out his backstory in Roma Aeronautica! You’ll also get a sneak peak at some future characters making their way into other novellas and novels in the Steam Empire Chronicles. Don’t miss out!
Grab your copy today!
I recently got an email from an avid reader the other day, asking if I planned to release Roma Aeronautica into print. I’ll let you read the email below.
Hey my name is Kody (Last name withheld to protect privacy). I really enjoy you’re first 2 books Brass Legionnaire and Copper Centurion, but I don’t have a e-reader or anything like that. So I was wondering you were planning on releasing Roma Aeronautica on paperback? Along with the rest of the books you’re planning on writing.
I’m very glad Kody asked me about this. In my recent posting talking about novellas, you may have noticed a comment I made in response to another author, talking about what I was planning with my novellas.
1.) I will eventually publish my novellas, Roma Aeronautica and Antioch Burns, along with additional unpublished novellas, as an ebook and print book once I reach a number that I consider economical to create a print book for. In essence, I need at least four to five novellas, perhaps even six, to make a print book viable, at least to my standards (note, my standards include illustrations for every book, a different cover, plus possibly maps or additional commentary.)
2.) As it stands, for the entire Steam Empire Series & associated novellas, there will be at least five novellas, one for each novel, providing me with a ready base of material to create a printed book.
3.) As a stopgap for my readers who do not have e-readers, I am putting my novellas onto Smashwords, where you can download them as a PDF, which will work on any computer. I understand that this is not the best manner, but you can also download nook and kindle readers onto any computer as well in order to buy your ebooks that way.
So thanks, Kody, for emailing me to ask! I understand completely that not everyone has access to an ereader, and I will strive to make my novellas as accessible as possible for all my followers.
Until then, Roma Nike!