I’ve been listening to the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I’m actually on book 2.
It’s a lot like The Hunger Games, and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Both stories are YA dystopian fiction. It’s the ruling class versus the lower class. Main character is a spunky female who isn’t satisfied with her situation. Both heroines are thrust into the midst of the ruling class. Both trilogies contain arenas and rebellion. There’s a Peeta-like character and a Gale-like character, a Prim-like character. The list goes on.
It really does.
I don’t have an issue with this. I actually like the books so far, but the similarity reminded me of a podcast I listened to recently. The author on the podcast advised other authors to find books and themes that are popular and mimic those if you want to sell books.
I wonder if that’s what the Red Queen author did, if she took the main plot points and mushed them and tossed in a few extra ingredients.
Is this really what writing has come down to?
I hope not. I have a binder of notes for books and none of those ideas were exactly lifted from popular books, not consciously, at least. I mean, given how many books there are, it’s impossible to come up with an idea that no one before you has ever come up with, but there’s a difference between that and using someone else’s work as a road map.
The idea feels icky to me. Of course, that Aveyard lady is making mountains of cash, so she must be doing something right.
My brain is wrecked today. I recently started a new job and I forgot how exhausting it can be to learn new things all day. I love learning, but dang, son, not all day long!
Anyway, a couple of updates. The Iyrico (short ghost story) ebook version is up on Amazon. It’s free if you’re on Kindle Unlimited, 99 cents if you aren’t. It has been slightly edited because it needed a slight edit. It also has new, slightly creepier cover art because it needed slightly creepier cover art.
Unfortunately, I am still doing battle with the audiobook. I have to tweak a few files and upload them to ACX again because I didn’t quite get everything right the first time. My bad, not theirs. Then I have to send it back through their review process again, which will likely take another 3-4 business days.
While this has been a giant pain in my rear, I am pleased that this is a thing I am capable of doing. I like being able to do stuff, even if it’s tedious stuff that I’m not all that good at.
I know. Two blog posts in one day. This is crazy, but I’m super excited. I came home to both a Stranger Things shirt and a box of books!
First, the shirt. It came in my LootCrate. I LOVE Stranger Things. I can’t wait for Season 2.
Now, the books! These copies are going to various individuals and organizations. Library of Congress gets one. A couple of local libraries get them. A couple of people who helped me out immensely with feedback get them.
Bleu the buttface helped me with the unboxing. Here he is going nyoom over them when I was trying to take a picture.
This was the first chance I had to be at home for more than a few minutes today, so I think he may have been trying to get my attention. 🙂 Big baby.
Here he is next to the box, being slightly less of a blur.
Hey! Just thought I’d pop on for a moment and offer up an update. I do have a new book out, the eBook version anyway. Link! I’m still engaged in battle with a few last-minute details on the print versions, which is killing me inside. I wanted to be done with this thing, but stuff keeps popping up like some hellish whack-a-mole game. Whack one mole, oh look! Yet another mole. Apparently, I have an overabundance of moles.
I have never had the problems I’m having with this book. It’s really weird and distressing, and if every book fought me this hard, I would probably never publish any of my work.
Official foofaraw shall commence once the paperback version is out. I didn’t want to dive too far into promotion without that at least being available.
I’m going to go work now. I hope to one day be free of this thing. Until then, please enjoy this photo of sleepy Sneaker.
The obsession is real and true, my friends. One of the most difficult parts of this whole book writing thing is letting go.
I’m currently driving the CreateSpace people crazy. I’m also driving myself a little crazy with the upcoming book release. Tweaking it has become a kind of habit. I try to let it go, and then I find something to adjust and again, I tumble down the spiral of obsessive compulsive checking and rechecking and scrolling through 300 pages of words, and I can’t trust myself because nothing is ever perfect.
But the book will be out on time, the ebook, at the absolute very least.
Hey, hey! The ebook for my upcoming middle-grade fantasy, Desmond Winters in the Realms of the Caged Sun, is now up for preorder on Amazon at this link. The preorder is up a tad later than I wanted it to be but that’s okay. The book officially comes out on 2/28. The paperback should be out on the same day, but there’s no preorder for it. There will also be a hardcover, but I’m not sure if that will be out the same day.
This project has been a huge deal for me, and I’m really excited about it! I’ll have a lot more info in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned.