Mack Meijers, who interviewed me for his podcast program back in October, had this to say about the Man of War books in relationship to SF writing in general.
“It’s a bit of a trend today, in many ways even a preferred trend. I recently had a bit of a discussion with some people at 47North and Tor, on the topic. One of the things which really popped up was that there is a strong preference for what is known as “consumable reading”, which follows the “evolution by action” format – mostly. I found it interesting that they made a distinction there in observations on published and self-published works, with the latter being more likely to get noticed if following that format, akin to screenwriting today in the science fiction genre.
“That said, it’s my observation that it is not a golden rule. As mentioned, I had that conversation with Mr. Gunn, as well as other authors, but it is also visible in the sales data from marketplaces like Amazon itself. There are exceptions. Even more, it is remarkable to see that when new writers don’t follow that general approach, they’re actually quite likely to rise to the top of the curves (and get picked up for publishing).
“Not to make a sales plug or something, but I had a conversation recently on a show with such an author (H. Paul Honsinger) in the sub genre of military science fiction, which turned out to be exactly such an exception to the “rule”. Not movie focused, or screenwriting focus, or action based evolution. Instead it was writing reminiscent of quite a few decades past. Rich atmosphere, decision based evolution, clear depth of field & character – and the authors books are quite the hit. I don’t know if it’s permissible to post the link, but to me it was quite a refreshing find.”
http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2013/10/clinging-to-the-wreckage-how-to-save-science-fiction/ (scroll down to his second comment)
I have just discovered (through my own Googling) that the audiobook version of my first novel, To Honor You Call Us” can be purchased through iTunes. Here’s the link, which I will add to my “Buy the Man of War Books” page. https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/to-honor-you-call-us-man-war/id797869079
Yes, I know that’s a wretchedly long headline, but it is what it is. Give me a shorter one and I’ll use it!
Andrew Liptak, a BuzzFeed Community blogger, has a regular feature highlighting what he believes to be the best Science Fiction book recommendations for the coming month. He had 22 for this March and For Honor We Stand, to be released on March 11, 2014, was one of them. He says: “this one looks as though it’ll have the right balance of action and intelligence behind it.” Well, Andrew, that WAS the idea you know.
It’s good that these books are getting a little bit of attention in the SF community.
Here’s the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewliptak/22-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-for-march-201-hclt
While sales of To Honor You Call Us continue to be encouraging, we are only ten days out from release of the second book in the “Man of War” saga, For Honor We Stand. Of course, you don’t have to wait–you can pre-order the paperback, Kindle eBook, CD audiobook, or Audible.com download on Amazon.com right now, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile progress continues to be rapid on the third book, Brothers in Valor which appears to be shaping up for a September 2014 release. Ideas are churning away, as well, for future books in the series. People who are interested in getting into a long, action-packed, testosterone-soaked, rip roaring Military Science Fiction series could do a lot worse than to pick up these books.
Here at Honsinger Headquarters we occasionally give ourselves over to whimsy, and were recently thinking about what a film version of the “Man of War” books would look like. Here, presented in a totally off the top of our heads fashion, is the proposed opening credits for “To Honor You Call Us.” There are lots of important roles open, Chief LeBlanc, for example, and others where the choice of actor is not very firm. But, here’s our thinking. What are your thoughts on this? Any suggestions?
Jerry Bruckheimer Presents
A Paul Verhoeven Production of
A Christopher Columbus Film
H. Paul Honsinger’s To Honor You Call Us,
Episode I of the “Man of War” Trilogy
Armie Hammer as Lt. Commander Max Robichaux
and Gael Bernal as Dr. Ibrahim Sahin,
William Levy as Lt. Roger Garcia
Martin Freeman as Chief Engineer Lt. “Wehrner” Vaughn Brown
Kai Weisinger as Chief Petty Officer Heinz Wendt
Tommy Lee Jones as Vice Admiral Louis G. “Hit ‘Em Hard” Hornmeyer
And a special appearance by
Alexander Siddig as Ellington Wortham-Biggs
Music by James Horner
Special Effects by Industrial Light and Magic
To Honor You Call Us got a fabulous review today from an Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer. I don’t feature many reviews here (we’re getting close to 400 now, overwhelmingly positive) but I think that this one is worth highlighting.
All of the people who supposedly know about such things say that, at this point in my career as a writer, I am supposed to be busily and industriously engaged in promoting my books, mainly through “fan outreach.” As my publisher is not interested in flying me around the country to place me at book signings and conventions, an immediate schedule of wide-ranging public appearances is not in the cards.
I am, however, interested in hearing from readers about what kind of outreach they would like to see and in which they would participate, from among those avenues available to me. Some of the things I am thinking about are: (1) making a series of Youtube videos in which I answer questions from fans, (2) appearing at a few conventions that are easy to reach from my home in Arizona, (3) engaging in live online chats with readers, (4) other modes that you folks suggest. This is all in the exploratory stages right now, and I am intensely interested in input from my readers. Let me hear from you, either in the comments to this post or by email to email@example.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.