I guess I'm officially a sci-fi author...

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  1. swivel Sci-Fi Author Valued Senior Member

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    Someone in the SF section suggested I post this here. I suppose I should start by explaining what SciForums has meant to my writing career. It practically got its start here. It began with one of my boating misadventures, which I wrote up and posted somewhere. More than a few members enjoyed the tale so much, they said I should be writing for a living. The SciForum Wiki even listed me as the official "author" for a while, completely undeserved since I'd never written a full-length anything.

    Meanwhile, the amount of reading and posting I was doing here convinced me it was something worth pursuing. I wrote a space opera, got feedback from members, got more feedback on cover design, and the book ended up getting bought by a small publishing house. It went on to win some awards, garner great reviews, and sell pretty well for an unknown and debuting author.

    More books came out, sales picked up, and finally I hit some kind of critical mass. My WOOL series has gone bonkers. The four WOOL books are all in the top 5 of SF Anthologies on Amazon. The reviews on Amazon are mind-blowing. Another top author recently blogged that I am changing the course of science fiction publishing with this series (moving it back to the day of serial shorts at great prices, rather than hefty and expensive tomes).

    As of this writing, I have six titles in Bestselling Science Fiction Adventures. I don't think there's another author who can say that. They rank 4, 9, 11, 13, 26, and 56. It's pretty crazy. I'm probably going to quit my day job this month or next to focus on writing full-time. Without meaning to, I've become a science fiction author. All from getting up at crazy hours every morning and writing my butt off, honing my craft, trying to tell the best stories possible.

    In the back of my first novel, MOLLY FYDE AND THE PARSONA RESCUE, I explicitly thank SciForums in general and several members specifically. But I'd like to do it again and more publicly: Thank you. To the entire forum for being here. For teaching me so much over the years. For being a wonderful outlet for my curiosity, for teaching me how to disagree productively, and for getting me in the habit of writing every single day while straining for greater and greater clarity. I really owe a lot to this place, and I'll never forget it.
     
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  3. Pincho Paxton Banned Banned

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    Well done! I have had a go at writing as well. I once wrote a script for Star Trek Voyager, but unfortunately my hard drive trashed it just 5 pages from completion.

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  5. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    No, you will, the day will come when your rich and famous, one of the 1 percenters and never look back again. But it's nice that you have taken the time now to say such kind word about this sanatorium.

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  7. michael_taylor Registered Senior Member

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    Congratualtions!

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  8. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    I'm a relative n00b, but at least you have a fan here...
    Hmm, I get paid tomorrow...I think I shall start buying the series in hardcopy...
     
  9. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm glad you've been able to achieve what it is you wanted, of course I'm not suggesting your climbs finished, after all in some respects it's still just the start of your career move. I'm sure if you continue, you'll have a lot more rave revues to come.

    I'm glad to see you've tasked yourself with smaller novellette's, as this is the one area that the Cyberpunk genre was successful for and obviously is a "niche" that seemingly was forgotten.

    So the real query which you'd likely be restricted to complete secrecy is "When do we expect a film?

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    " (I can imagine shorts being banged out as Computer generated 3D/motion capture, low costs to create mean low prices to buy, It would perhaps be on par with how Japanese Manga shorts were made.)

    Anyhow, by all means take a break from your climb to catch a breath but don't stop

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  10. Reiku Banned Banned

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    Congrats.

    I've been writing two books recently. One is on physics, the other is a scifi.
     
  11. Emil Valued Senior Member

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    I hope you've not tangled them!

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  12. Reiku Banned Banned

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    That only becomes clear when you decided to observe either two states

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  13. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Congrats swivel
     
  14. scifes In withdrawal. Valued Senior Member

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    awesomeness overload! :xctd:
     
  15. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

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    Well done. :cheers:

    jan.
     
  16. Ghost_007 Registered Senior Member

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    Well done!

    Great to hear about your success.

    I actually remember reading about that boating misadventure.

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  17. swivel Sci-Fi Author Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks, everyone!
     
  18. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    OK I confess, I actually infected you deliberately with a creativity virus, cleverly disguised as junk mail.
     
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  20. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    I always knew you'll be back with this post.

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    Congratulations swivel.
     
  21. scifes In withdrawal. Valued Senior Member

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    you're still alive?:bugeye:
    your year-long-without-a-word lurkishness is creepy:shh:
     
  22. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Looks like Swivel is getting his book made into a movie:


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    http://www.thewrap.com/guardians-of...fi-movie-wool-for-20th-century-fox-exclusive/

    Nice job, Swivel.
     
  23. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Looks like a lot of hard work paying off nicely. Well done, swivel (Hugh). And congratulations.
     

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