Hugh Howey Hugh's Comments (member since Sep 11, 2009)

Hugh's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

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Feb 02, 2012 07:24AM

1865 ^ Nice. I like how the title and the structure of that one go together.
Feb 01, 2012 06:37PM

1865 Brenda: Agreed. I've been getting nothing but compliments for my world-building in the WOOL series, but it's a gradual process. As a reader, I tend to drift off during info-dumps. I want to do some of the work myself.

I, ROBOT is a classic example. One of my favorites.
Jan 31, 2012 08:32AM

1865 Each entry got longer as the series progressed. The first story was ~12,000 words, the second ~20,000, the third ~30,000, the fourth ~40,000 words.

The fifth, which was written under intense pressure (I was getting a dozen or so emails a day demanding to know when it would be out) clocked in just under 60,000 words, which more than qualified it as a novel. It took me a month to write, revise, and edit. That required eight to ten hour days, every day, weekends included. It was one of the nuttiest things I've ever done (and also one of the best things I've ever written).

I just received the proof copies of all five stories bound into a single book. That book is 540+ pages. It took me six months to write.

I hope that answered your question. I'm currently working on the first story in my next series. It should end up around 15,000 words and take a month to write.
Jan 31, 2012 03:14AM

1865 Brenda wrote: "There seem to be no lack of writers of short SF, nor reachers. Where there is a gap is a way to make any money thereby."

I thought the same thing, which is why I did zero promotion behind the short stories I tossed onto the Kindle store. But guess what? I was wrong. I quit my day job because of those short stories. They outsell everything else I've ever published. And even at 99 cents (which leaves me with a mere 35 cents per buy), I'm making enough to write full-time.

Here's a good article about this new publishing model and what it might mean for the future:
Jan 31, 2012 03:11AM

1865 Ravi wrote: "I have always enjoyed the punch way Arthur C. Clarke ended his short stories with a kicker. Sometimes it was a twist to the action, sometimes a chiller of a line. And he ended several of his novels..."

I try to do this. Not sure how successful I am at it. Clarke really turned me on to the feeling a reader could have at the end of a story -- that mix of satisfying completion and wondering what happens next. He was a master.

As for the short SF story, I think it's coming back. I've been talking with agents and producers in Hollywood, and this is what they scout for screenplays even more than novels. Call it the PKD effect if you want, but I think they understand that a 1-hour read better translates into a 2-hour viewing than trying to go from 12 hours and cut back.
Dec 30, 2011 04:21PM

1865 I love anthologies. The Year's Best Military Science Fiction is still one I pick up and read from. Short reads fit more and more nicely with our distracted lifestyles.
Dec 10, 2011 10:11AM

1865 I've had the same experience. People love my short stories, then ask why I didn't make them longer. Maybe because you wouldn't like it if it was longer!

Often, people don't know what they want, they just know what they like. And when they like something, they want more of it. I do know this: I'm having more success with my short stuff than my novels, so I think the demand is there.

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