Last Updated: 11/30/2018
As mentioned elsewhere, this project is in it’s nascent stages, with everything still getting worked out. There is a lot of work involved, all of which takes away from actual writing time, so there’s a balance to be had.
I’ve put together a list of the answers to the most common questions asked about the project, the stories, or myself.
Where is the actual story?
- The major plot elements for the first five books in the series are completed in rough outline.
- The fine plot outlines and chapter/scene breakdowns for the first two books are completed in significant detail.
- The rough draft of first book in the series, “The Long Dirtnap“, is about 50% complete as of this update. I will be releasing excerpts and test drafts on this site throughout the writing process.
On completion, “The Long Dirtnap” will be self-published in Kindle and paperback formats via Amazon’s CreateSpace program. Other media forms and publication outlets may be added as I figure them out.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the Blog portion of the site, where I will be publishing Shatterday vignettes of characters not featured in the official series.
Who owns the rights to my submissions?
On the surface, I have what would seem to be several competing goals with this project that heavily influence my decisions regarding property rights, financial compensation, and other sticky issues:
- To create a platform of self-exposure and marketing for my writing, leading to self-publication and whatever financial rewards may or may not come from following opportunities those copyrights may open in the future.
- To create a collaborative writing platform where other aspiring authors may be able to share in that exposure.
- In doing so, to create an environment that encourages readers and fans to put themselves into the role of a character and to encourage their own creativity.
- Lastly, to develop a partnership with a handful of as-yet-unknown authors to further it’s commercial success as an anthological series.
So the quick answer to the question is that the world of the Gypsy King is my creation. I own the rights to all derivative works of fiction, artwork, or other media generated by fans or aspiring authors based on this world.
The only authorized location for such works to be submitted or published is here on this site. Authors understand that I have final say in all editorial decisions regarding their submissions.
To date I’m generating zero income from these assets and shouldering all the expenses, so to be honest, there is no way that I can pay prospective authors, much as I might like to.
If a publisher ever becomes interested in picking up the series (and that’s a huge if!), all I can do is promise that any new materials published under contract will include payment for all authors relative to each author’s contribution.
Until then – anything else is cart before the horse…
What is a Story Bible?
A Story Bible is a tool used heavily by fiction authors, in particular genre fiction authors. Genres such as fantasy, science fiction, or horror often require the author to develop entire worlds’: geography, politics, history, magic systems, or technologies.
A Story Bible is the collation of all that those materials generated for the author’s reference, and not necessarily intended for general readers. Some author’s create many times the amount of materials in their Story Bibles as they do actual stories!
In a collaborative environment, the Story Bible becomes a critical tool for ensuring all the authors involved can work within the “rules” of the fictional world.
I have an extensive story bible for the Gypsy King universe, available to prospective authors.
NYT best selling author Michael Stackpole produced a podcast for writers called “The Secret” and spends a lot of time talking about his story bibles. I highly recommend you give it a listen.