Ivy Ngeow has written some of the How to Write material we use on here and the Top Writing Courses site. She won the Proverse (Hong Kong) international prize for her first novel Cry of the Flying Rhino, and her new novel Heart of Glass is out in a week! Very exciting. See her video trailer for this book here:
I first read his SF when I found a copy of Use of Weapons in a newsagent remaindered books bin. A good one to start with. I also discovered Adam Roberts in a remainder bookshop, with Land of the Headless.
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I developed Notes Story Board (originally Story Lite, Turbo) as a tool for my own story boarding. One idea I had was to put stories into the app, along with images, extra information etc, to expand a normal story into an epistolary fiction. Or multimedia, illustrated, graphic novel.
I tried some experiments but it is like making a large poster on the zooming canvas, so is not too practical a way to read. Perhaps it would work better with flash or short fiction, keeping a strong narrative flow.
Wattpad have created an app for Apple and Android called Tap that allows each line of a story to be ‘tapped’ onto the screen of your phone or tablet.
This is quite interesting! See the screenshots.
Of course, it depends on the quality of the content.
If any of you out there have any story uses for Notes Story Board, please let me know!
It is a finished and agent-edited thrilling novel about crime in Chicago and Macau, near Hong Kong China. You make a pledge (pre-purchase) and get your name in the credits inside the book. If the pre-sales don’t get to the target figure, the crowdfund stops, and you get all your money back, so there is no risk.
It is set in an anxious time, when Ronald Reagan became President of the United States, who was seen as very inexperienced. There were problems with Russia, which was still Communist at the time (and was the USSR – how long ago that sounds!). Of course, now we have Trump, Russian problems, etc. Perhaps there are historical parallels? You’ll have to read it to find out.
The way the crowdfunding works is that the publisher remove their risk by making the author raise the full cost of the first print run, before they publish it. The figures are high – £4000 for Ivy Ngeow’s novel, and can be much higher for non-fiction books or very long illustrated novels. This is a lot of pre-sales. Once it has succeeded, the publisher will take it on as a ‘normal’ book and market it via their channels. Unbound (Penguin) had a big hit last year with The Good Immigrant (essays) and have many successful books out. So support our own writer here: Crowdfund novel Heart of Glass by Ivy Ngeow here >
I am just reading the new Hamilton Void book, Abyss Beyond Dreams, the Void trilogy fourth volume. These new SF books are so colossal even trilogies expand. The actual books are huge (in size and scope). I can’t take it on holiday, or put in pocket of bag for travel.
I also have loads of the old ‘pulp’ SF books, which are all of a much smaller size, typically 100 pages on thin paper, in a small format. These are very portable and I sometimes take one to read on the tube. They all have lurid images in bright colours so some things don’t change!