• Mark Meier

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated everyone on the progress of my writing. Here’s the latest.

The Brotherhood is in the final stages of preparation. There’s one more submission I’ll be sending out this year for that project, and with luck I’ll have copies in-hand early next year. Confidence, right? Cover art is being prepared and should be ready soon.

After that I have a couple of people doing a final critique on Ravid. Submissions should be ready in the first quarter of 2022. If the bigger publishers reject that the way they’ve rejected Brotherhood, I’ll start in on smaller houses. I haven’t approached anyone about cover art yet, but we’ll see how that process goes.

Ebony Sea: 1, First Mission is nearly ready to send out to critiquers. A few more details to attend to and then people will start seeing ES:1 in their inbox to give feedback. A couple of years ago I’d purchased a cover, and that only needs final revisions for book size. Back cover copy needs to be put in, too. The hope is to have that in print by Christmas of 2022.

The goal is three published works in print next year. That is pretty ambitious, but anyone who knows me knows how long I’ve been working on each of these. They know it’s not three in one year, but rather three more after twenty years.

Then there’s the collection I’ve been turning over in my mind. There are a number of short stories and poems I’m putting together. A small collection, to be sure - about half the size of Ebony Sea: Origins. In that there are ES stories never published before (and probably won’t make it into other publications), Brotherhood shorts, and stories from the upcoming series, “The Archives.” If I do decide to put that out it’ll be called Eclectia, because it’s a mish-mash of different stuff all crammed together. In other words, it’s a sampler. There’s even poetry. Yes, Mark wrote poetry.

So that’s the plan. I’m about a chapter into my first novel in The Archives, but switching from editing mode to composing mode is taking time. I’ve been editing Brotherhood, Ravid, and First Mission for so long it’s mind boggling.

Look for more news on The Brotherhood coming soon. It’s not like anything you’ve read before.

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  • Mark Meier

Linda and I were discussing a story idea that includes frogs. When I got up to make breakfast, Linda said, "Did Stitches drop a gift over there?"

That's a euphemism for turd, in case you didn't catch that.

It was a tree frog.

What a fun way to start the day.

  • Mark Meier

Linda and I “attended” a conference (virtually) this weekend, and I think it went well. For those who don’t read my FB page, I posted that it’s a good thing I’m pathologically early.

I was under the impression my one-on-one would begin at 2:10, and when I showed up at 2:03, I was thrown right in with my industry professional. But that’s beside the point, which is how it went and what I was able to glean from the experience.

As with other conferences, there’s a lot of information. Much of I won’t have access to for another week. That’s okay. As long as I’m motivated enough to actually get to the recorded sessions there will be a lot to absorb.

During my one-on-one, I was told The Brotherhood was obviously done by someone who knew how to write. The trouble is the story is told in a non-standard way, which will make it difficult to get interest by agents or editors. If I were a total newbie that would concern me.

New writers frequently experiment with non-standard storytelling. The issue comes in when there’s no particular reason to have that voice. “I just wanted to do something different” isn’t sufficient reason to have run-on sentences with no punctuation or paragraphing. It’s simply hard to read, and if there’s no compelling purpose to doing that it’s just annoying.

The Brotherhood, on the other hand, is told by “the bad guy,” and narrated as if to “the good guy.” The reason for that storytelling method is to have the reader more easily identify with the protagonist, and to enhance the “creepy” factor of also being inside the head of the antagonist - to think what he’s thinking, and know what he knows.

That’s going to make it hard to get industry professionals interested. After all, my name isn’t Stephen King. And while I’m not exactly a total beginner, I’m not very well known. King could write what I did and nobody would flinch at reading it.

But as I mentioned, I’m not Stephen King.

My name is Mark Meier and I wrote The Brotherhood. If I must, I will self publish.

I believe in this project that much.

I’ll keep you updated as things unfold.

OH! I almost forgot!

Based on a recommendation I submitted to another agent today.

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