Entries in movie books (4)

Friday
Sep072012

Amazon Steals Serial Novel Thunder From 711 Press: Part 2

As promised, for our readers and subscribers who've sent so many wonderful emails in support of this latest 711 Press blog, we've decided to turn this particular blog subject into a series. Hey, we might as well "serialize" it, ha-ha. Through this blog, we'll keep you updated on our thoughts about Kindle Serials and how they compare to 711 Press TV Books over the weeks and months to come. Without knowing much about Amazon's Serials at this point, considering Amazon is releasing little information on the 8 titles they've announced except for the names of the books and authors, we've decided to make the focus of this particular blog post about how we stand out beyond what you'll receive through Amazon Serials.

First off, we're fine with Amazon putting out serials. In fact, we welcome it. It will only serve to prove what we've already stated in the past, that episodic fiction is the future for readers who love their Kindles. And who better to release a slew of serialized Kindle books than Amazon? However, with that said, one may wonder if Amazon is just trying to repackage their fallen "Kindle Singles" platform, re-envisioning the form of a single to stay at the head of the game, since that failed to catch on... No need to thank us Amazon, we knew you'd "catch on" eventually.

So, in our observation, if Amazon were a major television network such as NBC, 711 Press would be considered the Fox network in its beginning stages. As a "smaller" network, we (Daniel Middleton and Jaime Vendera) have the creative freedom to do what we want to create amazing, quality programming. Being a smaller network is to our advantage, because we started this company with a vision to release only books that we oversee from start to finish, refusing to release more than one serial at a time, choosing quality fiction releases over quantity. By focusing our combined efforts on one serial TV Book show at a time, while working with dedicated writers and a season editor, we can lift the storytelling to lofty and highly entertaining heights, particularly for those who are into the kinds of genres we are.

What does 711 Press being a smaller network mean to you? It means that you are guaranteed to receive one new Movie Book per month and one new TV Book episode per week. We stand by our "programming" and it's our promise that each Movie Book (check out our current Movie Book Titles here) and TV Book release, including Order of 5ive, Mafiosi, Age of the Sigil, Phoenix Earth, and all future titles, have and will be thoroughly plotted, eloquently written, and furiously edited to make sure that every single 711 Press release is grade A quality. And as each new 711 serial nears its end, we have a new TV Book series waiting in the wings to fill it's shoes. So consider us an alterntive TV Network or movie studio with literary programming.

Many have asked us for more products. To that we say, "Quality over Quantity." We believe that if we were to release multiple TV Books at once, each individual TV Book serial may suffer in creative quality, due to loss of focus or attention. Lack of attention toward a fiction title brings to mind companies like AuthorHouse who've released books featuring poorly edited content with subpar covers.

Will Amazon go the way of AuthorHouse? We wonder what lengths Amazon will go to to make sure each of their serialized books receives the care and nurturing required in order to provide the reader with typo free, inspired, quality content worth the reader's attention. I guess we shall see--but we already know where you can receive that kind of quality this instant. So if you want to read quality, cutting edge serialized fiction from the company that reinvented the episodic read, check out our TV Books here.

Friday
Jul062012

So Long to the 700+ page Novel

 

I've got to say, I grew up on novels pushing over 700 pages, and in the past felt cheated if a book by a wordy author fell short of that mark. Take Terry Brooks for instance, author of Sword of Shannara. I've read the entire Shannara line including the Word & Void series, which had nothing to do directly with the Shannara name other than it showed how the world of Shannara eventually came to be. I remember reading through books like Sword and Elfstones and loving that it took me days, sometimes weeks to read them. And though I am sure many of his titles fell below 500 words, I was never so disappointed with page count until I read First King of Shannara, which was still nearly 500 pages. First King somehow felt short, much shorter than his 700+ page Sword epic which started the entire series. To me, it read like it barely made it past 200 pages. Years later, I understand why I felt this way.

Terry Brooks has a way of making long novels feel like short novels, allowing you to become lost in the wording and make you feel as if you're part of the Shannara world. So, I am sorry Terry for whining about First King seeming so short. Especially now that Daniel and I have started 711 Press.

Except for Terry Brooks and a select few others such as Cinda Williams Chima, I am now hooked on quick read books, or novellas if you wish to call them that. The 711 Press formula has been crafted over the past four years to unveil to our authors a very concise way to cut down novels that could take 500 pages to tell a story to as little as 1/5 the page count. "Why would someone ever do that?" you ask. "Why would an author cheat me out of 300-400 pages?" The better question is, "Why don't authors take time to craft their stories, editing and removing the fodder to turn each book into a quick, easily digestable tale of excitement that could be read in hours instead of days?"

After reading movie books by Jami Lynn Saunders, Roger Vallon, and Drusilla Winters, to name a few, I've completely changed my reading mindset. I welcome the short book and cannot fathom the thought of spending 19 hours reading a book from my favorite author when I could digest a book of equal peril and adventure in 1.9 hours. So, 711 it is for me. With that said, Terry, Cinda, I still love you guys and your books do read quicker than other long-winded authors. So, I will continue reading your books, but it won't hurt my feelings if you weed out a few hundred pages, get right to the action and allow me to read your novels in one night ;)

Tuesday
May012012

The Future of Books - Where Do We Go From Here?

So Borders has shuttered its doors, being the latest and probably most notable casualty in the book wars, as we shift from the outmoded traditions of old to new and uncertain technology-driven norms. Amazon.com is one of the main reasons bookstores are taking the hit, because they are undercutting the competition to a point that is making it hard for brick-n-mortar stores to compete. Even schools are bypassing their normal book ordering channels, electing to click a few buttons on an Amazon webpage rather than do their usual face-to-face deals with local middlemen.

The fact is, bookstores are going the way of the dinosaur, and that means we'll soon be without a place to hold crisp new volumes of our favorite tomes in hand and relish the smell and feel of mint pages. That is truly sad. I'm all for the digital age, believe you me, and 711 Press is embracing the future by releasing each and every title in the current major digital formats in addition to print (though we have eschewed the old offset press/warehousing model, which is wasteful and archaic, not to mention expensive). My fear, though, is that people will start to shy away from books altogether if the war rages on too long or gets out of hand. Right now we're still seeing the book giants battling it out in the literary cosmos and causing major rifts in the book world (I'm looking at you Amazon, B&N, and the big pubs). While there is a struggle to gain the larger sum of market share, these players are taking down smaller bookstores left and right and leaving communities with fewer places to find physical books. Not everyone has migrated to the web as concerns book purchases.

The fact is, rather than hold on to outdated business models, which is the primary cause of the money hemorrhaging big publishers are facing, they need to come up with cheaper, better ways to compete. At the end of the day, we don't want to turn people off when it comes to books, particularly the fiction variety, we want to keep folks reading at all cost. And that, my friends, is the primary aim of 711 Press, the reason for which we launched headfirst into this business to begin with. I've always said that a business, any business, particularly a new startup, should not try to emulate point for point what a competitor has done or is doing, else why compete. If you don't have something to offer in a unique way you won't stand out from the rest of the pack. Many a company have faded in the background for being run-of-the-mil.

711 Press is a publisher, yes, but there are many thousands of those in existence. We figured we had to offer something unique in order to stand out somewhat. While books are nothing new, we felt we had to present them in a new and unique way that would appeal to a wide variety of readers. And I believe we have succeeded in doing just that. While the big boys are fending one another off and trying everything they can to best the other guy, we're dead set on producing unique, quality fiction with a focus on keeping our readers entertained.

So far the future is looking bright.

Wednesday
Dec072011

Free Chapters & Free Episodes on All 711 Titles!

In the spirit of giving, 711press.com is now updated with free chapters from each of our Movie Book titles, and free Kindle, Nook and Google editions of the first episodes on our TV book series are live. Each Movie Book page on 711press.com features a "READ SAMPLE CHAPTER" link below the book synopsis, and links to free copies are available on each TV book page.

READ FREE CHAPTERS OF OUR MOVIE BOOKS:

  

The Crisis Trilogy (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

Book I - http://711press.com/the-crisis-artifact/

Book II - http://711press.com/the-chaos-pendulum/

Book III - http://711press.com/the-catastrophe-scroll/

 

Kill Factor (Spy Action & Adventure)

http://711press.com/kill-factor/

 

  

Moment of Death Trilogy (Horror)

Book I - http://711press.com/flight-666/

Book II - http://711press.com/long-cold-winter/   

Book III - Coming 2012

 

Werecat Saga (YA Sci-Fi & Horror)

Book I - http://711press.com/feral/

Books II & III - Coming 2012

 

READ FREE COPIES OF OUR TV BOOKS:

You can also download the first episode in each of our TV book series for free via Kindle, Nook, and Google editions at the following links:

Order of 5ive Episode Zero: Origins (Action and Adventure)

http://711press.com/order-of-5ive/

 

Mafiosi Episode One: Beginnings (Crime Drama)

http://711press.com/mafiosi/

 

Age of the Sigil Episode One:  Return of the Sigil (YA Fantasy & Adventure)

http://711press.com/age-of-the-sigil/

(NOTE: This episode is live though Season One doesn’t officially launch until Monday, January 2, 2012. Currently, Episode One is listed at $0.99, but the price will be listed as free by end of December 2011.)