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01 August 2016 @ 04:47 pm
More ill-gotten gains  
I have, once again, persuaded Philip Purser-Hallard to pay me cold hard cash to write a story. It's another City of the Saved short story (i.e., another spin off of a spin off of a spin off of Doctor Who) in an anthology entitled Tales of the Civil War which details events after death returns to the denizens of the City of the Saved (where all humans have ended up after their deaths and where, up until this point, they appeared to be immune to physical harm).

This time, it has to be said, the book I purchased for research (a biography of Anne Boleyn) cost more than I was paid. I think I'm currently running about evens on this "professional author" lark.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/201787.html.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on August 1st, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)

Btw, I recently had my first real taste of being a professional author myself (I came close in the past but never actually got paid...) when I got paid to write a pseudonymous piece about my experience of OCD for a website. Quite exciting!
louisedennislouisedennis on August 2nd, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations as well in that case!

I don't think I've ever been paid directly for the vast amount of non-fiction stuff I publish, but of course it's implicit in my job description that I will do it.
daniel_saunders: Sherlock Holmesdaniel_saunders on August 2nd, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)

Lately I've been kicking around the vague idea of trying to put some old blog posts together into a book (self-published or otherwise), but I've never got very far with it.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 4th, 2016 10:13 am (UTC)
I imagine its quite a lot of work, unless you have them already stored as Word documents or the like.
daniel_saundersdaniel_saunders on August 4th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
That's not such a problem, as I was thinking of my Changing Style of Doctor Who posts making up the bulk of the book and I have most of those as Word documents. To be honest, I would put the work in cutting and pasting and reformatting IF I thought that there was a market. But I fear the market is saturated and I don't have a distinctive enough voice or enough original insights to justify the effort. There, now I've talked myself out of it! Hence my not having done anything to advance the project since dreaming it up six months ago.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 7th, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
I imagine if you already have the posts as word documents then it wouldn't be too much work to put them together - at least in a fairly minimal way. Whether there's a market is another question - parrot_knight might know.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on August 7th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
I did actually talk to parrot_knight about it some months ago. He seemed reasonably enthusiastic, but felt self-publishing was the way to go. I'm currently not sure I would be able to do that competently, especially since lately (after I spoke to him) I've moved out of my parents' house, which has been quite stressful and draining and hasn't helped my mental health issues the way I hoped it would.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 9th, 2016 09:31 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. I know you always felt that living with your parents was a contributory stress factor. Moving is hideously stressful whatever though, so you may need time to recuperate.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on August 9th, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's still less than two months since I moved out, so hopefully things will get easier. I think it was a bit over-optimistic of me to assume that things would suddenly improve with moving out, but I definitely feel the benefits of independence some of the time.

I'm also still trying to find my 'level' in the much wider, more complex and more vibrant Jewish community where I now live, but that's been going on for a year, since my parents and I moved to the area when I was still living with them (we moved as a family last August and then I moved out to a nearby studio flat in June this year). Again, I think that's going to take time, and will partly depend on my mental health and self-confidence.

Edited at 2016-08-09 01:17 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: Books with eyeballsliadtbunny on August 2nd, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
I hope it was a good Anne Boleyn book to make up for the cost:)

louisedennislouisedennis on August 2nd, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
It was a pretty good book, though I'd have liked more on her tastes and personality (though I got the impression that there was really precious little to go on in those areas).
wellinghallwellinghall on August 4th, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
Well done! Having failed to read your earlier pieces, I really must buy this one.
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on August 7th, 2016 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, Doctor Who spinoffery cubed is a fairly esoteric market!
wellinghallwellinghall on August 7th, 2016 09:26 am (UTC)
True, but I'd still like to give it a go.