Actually, among the worst news I could ever provide. My wife Ruth passed away on the evening of Thursday January 25th, as a result of complications from open heart surgery.
Bear with me a while. I'm going to be very distracted for some time.
If you're of a mind to pray, please remember my family as we try to adjust to the huge hole in our lives where my wife and my kids' mother used to be.
There haven't been any writing reports for several days, because there has been very little writing going on. Tuesday night the galley proofs for the mass market paperback edition of The Span of Empire arrived from Baen Books, the publisher, and they need the corrections back by first thing Monday morning. So I've been rereading a book I wrote several years ago. Interesting experience. It was good. I'm rather proud of that one.
Anyway, review finished, corrections listed and sent in tonight. Back to writing tomorrow.
The editors of The Grantville Gazette will begin building the next issue, Volume 76, before too long. I've been told I have two stories in this one: a 1632 novelette starring Marla Linder and Franz Sylwester entitled Requiem for the Future, and a non-1632 fantasy story that will be featured in the Universe Annex section entitled Pendragon.
These are two very different but very cool stories, and I'm looking forward to seeing them made available to the public.
Grantville Gazette 75 has gone live over a week ahead of the normal schedule! Merry Christmas!
Reminder, I have three pieces in this one, including the conclusion of my extended serial Letters from Gronow. If you want to see how the story ends, now's your chance!
Grantville Gazette issue 75 is being assembled now, with a publication target date of 1/1/2018. And for the second time in less than a year, I'm going to have a hat trick in it: a story titled "Lex Talionis" (actually a novelette), the conclusion of a long serialized novel "Letters From Gronow Part 6", and a non-fiction article I wrote with Chuck Gannon titled "Time May Change Me Part 2". I managed the same stunt about six month ago in GG 72.
I'm not the most prolific author in the history of the Grantville Gazette, but I'm pretty certain I'm the only author that's managed a hat trick, and I'm very certain I'm the only one that's managed to do it twice.
Grantville Gazette 74 is now available at the following links:
I have two works in this issue: the short story Quelles Misérables, and the fifth installment of the serialized short novel Letters from Gronow.
Developers and programmers and layout specialists, get a clue! I know it's trendy and the common thing to put texts in subdued or even pastel shades on white or other subdued pastel shades. It makes for a very artistic look. I get that. The problem is, for anyone who doesn't have perfect vision–which includes a high proportion of everyone I know–those kinds of presentations are incredibly hard to read due to the lack of contrast.
I'd be willing to bet that up to 50% of the reading public skips over your oh-so-stylish and oh-so-attractive work because they can't read it–especially if it's in a miniscule font. I know I blow right by anything like that for that very reason. I refuse to hold a magnifying glass up to a monitor to try and read anything like that.
For example, the information booklet of an older CD I picked up today by an artist I like was printed in kind of a burnt orange hue on dark lavender background. I couldn't read a single word. I had to google the album to get a list of the tracks! (Which I promptly printed out in black ink on white paper and taped into the booklet. )
Your best bet of getting higher readership numbers is to present your text, whether on-line or on paper, in a crisp font with a shade that provides a strong contrast to whatever the background is. The paler the color of the font, the less likely it is to be read by higher quantities of readers.
But, it's your business, so it's your call. It's just sad that you seem to be losing track of the fact that if you desire communication, you have to first connect with the reader.
Have a nice evening.
Sold a story to Grantville Gazette last night, a novella titled "Requiem for the Future". 12,000 words +. This one comes with a definite tissue warning. Tentatively scheduled for GG issue 76, I'm told. "Lex Talionis", the long story I sold them about six weeks ago, will probably go up in issue 75.
Got to looking, and if Requiem goes in issue 76, that will make 10 straight issues that I will have at least one story in. That may be a record. And at least three of those issues have more than one work by me. 14 works in 10 issues, if I count correctly.
This is a new book that I co-wrote with Kim Mackey. It's the sequel to his book Essen Steel, and should be released soon by Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press. I've seen the cover art for it, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the cover of a real book.
As soon as I can figure out how to import the cover art here, I'll post it.
I should have mentioned this several days ago. GG 73 is available at all the usual outlets. Alas, this time I only have a serial installment in it - Letters From Gronow Episode Four.
I'll have two works in Issue 74 in November – Episode Five of LFG, and a short little fun thing entitled Quelles Misérables.