My first original novel, How Many K’s in Delaney, was a scifi epic inspired by Jules Verne and Star Trek and it had an incredible, Twilight Zone-esque twist at the end. The hero of the piece was John Delaney, an astronaut on a one-way mission to go as far as he could go. A solo mission with nothing but a HAL like computer to keep him company and an occasional six-months-later message from the folks back home. One day, he receives a message that isn’t from the computer or Alpha Control. This message is from a group of aliens who are as curious about Delaney as he is about them. Glad for someone to talk to, Delaney tells his life story with emphasis on all those little details that make humans human. He tells the aliens about playing little league and about birthday parties with cake. He tells them about his first date and the drive-in theater, about prom and fraternity pranks and falling in love with the woman he married then had to leave behind. It feels good to talk about home, but there’s a tiny niggle at the back of his brain. There comes a point where Delaney
When I moved to California, my goal was to become an entertainment reporter. Once I got the taste of getting paid to write, my goals shifted. I just wanted to work as a writer full-time, I didn’t care if I wrote about tuna fish or TV! I honestly can’t remember the exact order things happened in, but I know that two forces pushed me down a new road while I was working full-time as an admin at a bagel factory. I have always been a collector of TV memorabilia so I started pitching and selling articles about my collection and then about collecting in general. I wrote one-off pieces for a lunch box magazine, a gum card collector magazine and a couple of toy magazines. Then I landed at Toy Shop. Toy Shop was an over-sized newspaper covering all manner of collectible toys. This was pre-eBay so their big draw was pages and pages of classified ads for people looking to buy and sell toys. I pitched and was hired to write a column on TV and Movie toys and later (or first) a column on SciFi toys. Around the same time, I found a job as a writer /
A podcaster I respect recently advised his listeners not to buy books or pay for online courses on a particular subject because everything you need to know can be found on the web for free. I understand his point of origin on this; there is a lot of free information on the internet (and in the library for that matter) and there are a lot of books and courses that aren’t worth the price you’re asked to pay. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever pay for knowledge. Here are five good reasons why handing over $2.99 for an ebook, $7.50 for a print book or $250 for an online course is better than hunting down the information for free. 1. Your time is worth more than the cost of the content There is a neverending supply of information on the internet. How much time are you willing to spend to find the nuggets you need? Search engines are more intuitive these days but there are all kinds of personalized algorithms that determine what you see and what you don’t. What if the best information is on a blog three pages deep on Google? It could take you hours or days
Sally Malcolm always enjoyed writing and reading Stargate fan fiction. One day, totally out of the blue, she and her husband got into a discussion about how there were so many great fan writers but no official Stargate novels. Before sense took over, she contacted MGM, the license holder of the Stargate franchise and asked if she could acquire the license and publish official tie-in novels. Incredibly, they said yes. So she did and Fandemonium Ltd. (aka StargateNovels.com) was born. If you’ve ever dreamed about writing or publishing tie-in novels for your favorite show, head over to The Fandom Biz and read my full interview with Sally.