This is the story of four young people and what happens when their dreams take hold.
- Daphne – Ranger Apprentice-in-training
- Doris – Wizard Apprentice-in-training
- Danny – Knight Apprentice-in-training
- Pete – Janitor Apprentice-in-training
Friends since early childhood, the night before they graduate and assume their appointed roles they get together at a local pub to toast their upcoming new lives.
Late in the evening Pete tells of a dungeon his boss declined to clean because it was too dangerous for his janitorial crew. There are rumors of a great treasure hidden in the dungeon and Pete is convinced he and his friends should clear out the dungeon and find the treasure. Everybody else in the group has heard of other dungeons that are now unused because of monsters and decide to quit their apprenticeships and go into business for themselves.
Clear out dungeons and collect the treasures — how hard could it be?
Now open for business…
Dungeon Cleaning Crew, LLC.
No Dungeon Too Dangerous!
I just finished reading a wonderful essay on rewriting your novel based on critiques, etc.
I so wish I’d read something like that years ago — what a freeing way to write. The whole “get a bunch of people to read and critique your work” isn’t the “correct way” to write a book, although that’s what I’ve heard over and over again.
That blog post isn’t short, so make sure you have a little time before you dive into it, but please do take the plunge. Based on the 200+ comments it struck a chord with a lot of people.
According to a story on TechCrunch we’ve reached the tipping point.
EBook Revenues Beat Hardcovers For The First Time | TechCrunch
Hardcover revenues did go up, but it was only a 2.7% change while ebooks had a 28.1% rise.
While the “ebooks have arrived!” news is the big thing, look at the paperback book numbers — down almost the same percentage as ebooks went up. I think most people like the look of a row of hardcovers sitting on their shelves — paperbacks not so much. Paperbacks are more of a “read it then toss it” kind of thing. So why bother with paper when you can just go digital?
There are people who say, “Physical books will never go away.” and they’re right – the same way that horse and buggies never went away. But those are a little tiny niche that don’t mean anything to the vast majority of people today.
I think physical books will go the same way — and I think it will happen very quickly. Within 10 years for sure and it wouldn’t surprise me if it happened in the next 5 years.
Watch for these things to happen:
- One of the Big Six publishers will stop releasing paperbacks. Just hardcover and digital.
- At some point soon after that, one of those same publishers will release digital and a “limited number” of hardcovers. A “limited edition” of a new John Grisham book? Yeah, and they’ll double the typical price and sell out to the people who want to be special — as opposed to the people who want to read the book.
- Soon after, only some books will even see a hardcover edition at all.
Sure, I could be wrong. But I don’t think I am. 🙂
A friend of mine in the UK sent me a link to an article that was published “over there” last fall. It’s got some great advice on self-publishing ebooks and even includes a sidebar written by the guy who was the first self-published author to sell a million ebooks on Amazon.
How you can make a million writing your own ebook
There are some people who firmly believe they’ll never be a “published author” unless a big publishing house buys their book and it’s sitting in a bookstore. That’s fine, but it’s “dinosaur” thinking.
In the olden days people bought their books at a bookstore. It was the only option, so going through a publisher made sense. But brick and mortar bookstores are dying. And with electronic publishing everybody can see your book — you don’t need to have a physical book sitting on a shelf waiting for someone to walk by.
Thanks for the link, Mark!