How I Got in Print for the First Time and Why It Took so Long…

NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology

NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology

Although I have been writing fiction seriously since 2000, and I have published articles on websites and blogs since 2007, I am finally in print for the first time this month. A lot of my early writing years were taken up on a 6 book Sci-Fi series that involves a form of commonplace time travel. In order to do it justice I’ve had to write all out of order. It took many years before I could show anyone just the first few chapters. To date I have:

  1. Book One: Second Draft (Rewrite)
  2. Book Two: First Few Chapters + Detailed Outline
  3. Book Three: Two-Thirds of the First Draft + Detailed Outline
  4. Book Four: Sketchy Outline
  5. Book Five: Few Odd Chapters + Outline
  6. Book Six: Few Odd Chapters + Outline

In 2007 I finally had enough of having nothing to show for my hard work and I wanted to be published. I knew it would mean I would have to reduce how much time I spent on the series of novels, but it was a price I was willing to pay. Within one month of going freelance I got my first paid assignment and it just took off from there.

Since then I have written online for: Symphonical, CMS Critic, Degree Search, Hermit Studio, Bite-sized Blitz, Helium, HubPages, Squidoo, TBIU, and (b)human. By 2013 I had made the transition to spending more time writing articles, blog posts, and engaging on social networks than I did on my fictional novels.  In January of that year however I was also handed the reins of the NovoPulp project from Hermit Studio – Press Division. This was my chance to get in print and learn about the self publishing business at the same time, without having to commit a huge word count. I had a short story I had written 4 years earlier and I submitted it to the NovoPulp editor pool and I was really happy with the end result.

The aim of NovoPulp is to anthologise a collection of pulp inspired short stories and artwork by Google+ authors and artists and publish in time for Christmas each year. That was the plan at least, and still is the plan, but unfortunately it was not how it worked out in our first year as we stumbled along in the dark learning as we went. Three months later than scheduled, however, we have finally produced the first anthology. The proof of concept was complete.

I know I have learned so much that next time round I can make a number of changes to the internal processes to avoid the pitfalls we fell into with the first book. Now I know how easy it is to self publish through outlets like CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Google Play Books I know this is just the beginning. NovoPulp has definitely inspired me to meet the next writing milestone: to self publish an entire book of my own! Watch this space 🙂

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New Blog Post: Moving From A Monoglot To A Polyglot Culture

Hej Folks,

Just a quick post to say I’ve written a new post on my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone called Moving From A Monoglot To A Polyglot Culture. This has been playing on my mind for sometime since the last time someone asked me why I’m shy and I don’t speak more Danish round our office in Copenhagen and this is the result of that thought a few weeks after the fact.

Also whilst I’m here I thought I’d say how it went at the Helium Competition at their Pulitzer Center. I was 3/12 at one point then my ranking dived bombed more badly than any of my other Helium articles, so I guess it shows you you should write what you know no matter how well you do your research! I was just hoping to win an iPad otherwise I wouldn’t have entered on that topic.

I also just brought my .com domain for my 6 book Science Fiction Series which is exciting (8 letters all one word, which is pretty good for a .com url these days). There probably won’t be much up there until I’m ready to launch the first book but it’s good to know I have it in reserve for when I’m ready; makes the project all that more real.

Anyways, that’s all folks for now!

Peace, Niamh

http://www.niamhbrown.com

New Helium Article for the Pulitzer Competition: What are the best ways to engage young people in family planning?

Hej Folks,

As a writer at Helium I was sent a newsletter telling me about a current competition in their Pulitzer Center which can see the winning magazine articles published along with a prize of an iPad, something I really want as I want to play with Garage Band so I can start creating music for you all again (as I’m limited in what I can do on the guitar nowadays due to my medical condition).

I have entered the competition under the article title What are the best ways to engage young people in family planning?. I have to get into the top 4 to be considered for the winning spot. I’ll let you know when it goes once the winners are picked 🙂

Peace, Niamh

http://www.niamhbrown.com

New Helium Review: Planet 51

Hej Folks,

It’s been a busy writing weekend! Not only did I release my first Science Fiction Short Story eBook The Cancer but also I’ve written a review at Helium for a new Movie I saw this weekend called Planet 51. I loved it so much I had to immediately write about it, on top of my other writing plans.

If your thinking about going to see the Film Planet 51 check out this Helium Review (spoilers marked)

Peace, Niamh xxx

http://www.niamhbrown.com http://www.niamhstudios.com

TV Show Review: Battlestar Galactica

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post to say I recently finished watching Battlestar Galactica Series 4 and I’ve done a review of my impressions. As you may notice I really enjoyed the story and I cried tons on the final episode. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I decided to sit down and write a review, my first post on Helium for a while. Since I posted it this lunchtime its jumped from 9th of 32 articles to 3rd of 32.

To see my review and details of the show you can click here: TV Show Reviews: Battlestar Galactica

Well I’m off to enjoy the rest of this insanely good weather over here in Denmark and to write some more on a new For The Hole Inside Everyone blog post and my latest short story, which I’ll post about once I’m done.

Enjoy the weekend 🙂

Niamh, xxx

http://www.niamhbrown.com http://www.niamhstudios.com