Apocalypse Weird: The Browncoats of Publishing
Firefly is one of my favorite shows. You probably remember how it turned out – a great show that everyone loved, but was canceled before it had a chance to achieve mainstream greatness. I worked on a project through much of 2015 that should be considered the literary equivalent of Firefly. That project, of course, is Apocalypse Weird.
Initially, I was brought on to the Apocalypse Weird project as a writer and assigned Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Toward the end, I was made Director of Marketing. We had a lot of fun, immense struggles, and some great ideas that came just a few days and dollars too late.
One of our final projects was an ambitious one: The authors involved in the project would collaborate to write a full length novel in the first three weeks of November as a part of NaNoWriMo. The final week would belong to our AMAZING editor, Ellen Campbell, who would finish in enough time to marry up the words with a cover and write, edit, & release a NaNoWriMo novel by December 1st.
I led off, locked myself in my house, and wrote 5,000 words on November 1st. On day two the bad news came: the project couldn’t afford to continue.
That first chapter has since become a short story called Ledge Town, available to my newsletter subscribers for free.
That’s what’s so wonderful about Indie Publishing compared to Network Television. When Firefly was canceled, that was it. Fans of the show like me were stuck wondering what could have been.
With Apocalypse Weird, the story continues. Below is a list of the talented writers involved in the project and how you as a reader & fan can follow up and make sure you find out what happens next!
- Jason Anspach – I mentioned my free short story, right?
- Nick Cole – will continue the 12-book Wyrd saga that began with The Red King. Sign up for his newsletter to stay informed.
- Winter is still coming for Kevin G. Summers. His followup to The Bleak December is in the works. Track it here.
- E.E. Giorgi has an Immunity sequel scheduled for late next year. Follow her here.
- Chris Pourteau’s sequel to The Serenity Strain, titled Ironheart is finished and should release soon.He’ll make the announcement here.
- Forbes West was scheduled to release his sequel to Medium Talent called Bad Dream Man. The book will launch soon, so check his website!
- David Bruns is continuing the terror he began in Asia with Seal Bearer. Follow him at davidbruns.com.
- Our amazing editor, Ellen Campbell, can be followed here. You’ll find some new Apocalypse Weird and other great stuff by keeping track of Ellen!
- Ed Gosney has bad things planned for Ohio. Strange Change is coming.
- Michael Bunker hopes to continue the Texocalypse story line. www.michaelbunker.com
- Jon Frater swears that The Taste Makers *will* destroy Manhattan!http://jonfrater.thirdscribe.com
- The White Dragon will take flight. If you would like to know when and how, join Stefan Bolz’s newsletter atwww.stefanbolz.thirdscribe.com.
- Kim Wells hopes to have a sequel to Hoodoopocalypse started in early 2016. Follow her progress at www.kimwells.net.
- Jennifer Ellis has a follow up to her original five novel, Reversal. Here’s how to make sure you read it!
- Bob Williams‘ debut novel, Music City Macabre, is out. You can read it for free by signing up for his newsletter
- Steve Statham has a fantastic sequel to Texocalypse Now waiting to be published. You don’t want to miss Fight For the Night!
- Philip Harris has four free books for you plus news about Siren’s Call, his scheduled contribution to AW.
- Eamon Ambrose over atEamoTheGeek.com plans to announce any Apocalypse Weird related indie release!
And that’s it. Let’s see if Apocalypse Weird ever gets that nice follow-up movie like Serenity!