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Kill Factor 2

Some have been wondering what I have planned for the Kill Factor series going forward. Some of the elements I introduced will figure prominently in the series, while others will be scaled back for the sake of story development and continuity. I can't get into specifics, but the core mythos will be intact. Redrum is thriving and Hardrian and company are bent on taking it down at any cost, but there will be much more to the saga than meets the eye. 711 Press co-owner Daniel Middleton has taken over production of the series, and he has come to the table with a lot of great suggestions, so the next few books will be a slight departure from what has come before. But we will definitely be building on what came before for all you fans of the first book.

Stay tuned for more as the series develops. I've seen the design schemes for the next three covers and I am bowled over by the dynamic vision of the artists. They really get it.

- R. Vallon


What Are Movie Books and TV Books?

In today’s fast-paced society, it seems that everyone has forgotten about the medium of reading, which is one of the first forms of entertainment. With the introduction of iPhones, Netflix, and video games, as well as reality shows and movies, we have essentially diminished the act of reading for the current generation. No longer are the vast majority of youths digging into books and exploring new worlds with the sole use of the imagination. With that said, 711 Press decided to embark on a bold new venture.   

So What Are Movie Books and TV Books?
Well the simple answer is, they are stories that are meant to be consumed in the same amount of time it takes you to watch an actual film or television show. And while the mediums differ, our Movie and TV Books apply the same storytelling conventions used in film and television productions. Certain themes are explored, plot arcs are carried over, and characters are given room to develop and grow as the narrative unspools during the course of your reading. But all this doesn’t take a week to experience, as our books, like we said, take the same amount of time to read as watching a movie or television show does.

What Differentiates Movie and TV books From Regular Novels?
The idea behind our products is not based on traditional publishing norms, therefore we are not competing with publishers per se. We don’t consider our books “novels.” In fact, that word isn’t used by us. We produce the equivalent of novellas, or short stories, but the storytelling methods we employ differ from conventional methods used in the past, as our tales tend to take the form of movie and TV show narratives. You would have to read our products to get a true sense of this, however, while keeping all this in mind, as it is a departure from what most “novel” readers are probably accustomed to.

Our Movie Books aren’t meant to be grand pieces of literature. They are short, 80120-page reads that are well-plotted and well-written pieces of entertainment. And each book is edited and designed with care, all in an effort to get you into the story, keep you on the edge of your seat, and have your heart racing by the end of the read. Our aim is to give you a movie-going experience via reading. You’ll fall in love with some characters, while you’ll truly despise others. You’ll relate to their situations and keep reading to find out where the story will end. So feel free to pop some popcorn and crack open a can of soda while you read, because the moment you open a Movie Book, the adventure will begin, and hopefully it will be one you won’t want to end.

Can You Really Sum Up a Story in a Hundred Pages or Less?
Yes you can! As one reviewer of one of our trilogies correctly stated, “Although the books in this series are not long, there is a lot of stuff going on.” By removing all of the “filler” from a book (sometimes 300 pages worth) then choosing to focus on quick, descriptive narrative, while including meaningful, plot-advancing dialog, we can allow the reader to become part of the book they are reading. You, the reader, will be living the adventure in your mind, and it won’t take weeks to complete. You’ll be finished with one Movie Book within one to three hours, and be ready to move on to the next adventure.

Many may ask, “Why not combine three 100-page 711 Press Movie Books into a full length book? Essentially a novel.” The simple answer: because, as we stated, we are delving into new territory and don’t wish to follow the traditional norms of storytelling used in novels. Combining a trilogy, such as The Crisis Trilogy (The Crisis Artifact, The Chaos Pendulum, and The Catastrophe Scroll) would be a total mind-melt of plots, concepts, and characters, and would not allow you enough time to mentally digest the richness of the complete story. So don’t fall into the trap of allowing page count to fool you as regards a book’s merit. That’s a deceptive measuring tool of the true quality of a book. Consider this, if all three Matrix movies were mashed together and released as one movie, which was over six hours long, you would be so overwhelmed by the end of the movie that your brain would be fried trying to resolve the intricate concept of the plot.

Who Would Enjoy a Movie Book or TV Book?
Anyone who enjoys fast-paced action movies like the James Bond series, Indiana Jones, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, or Underworld would enjoy our continually growing line of titles, which span many genres. If you are a lover a hour-long television shows such as The Sopranos, Heroes, AlphasGame of Thrones, or Battlestar Galactica, our TV Books will keep you wanting more. You’ll be able to finish one TV Book episode in less than an hour.

So, when you’re ready to start living a book in your mind, whether you’re into shorter works that feel like two-hour movies, or episodic TV Shows that develop over the course of a full season, consider 711 Press your home. At 711 Press, there’s something for every reader!


The Future is Episodic Fiction

Back in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, there was a trend that kept readers hanging on to the edge of their seats. That trend was "serialized stories," which were heavily promoted in many major magazines of the day. What is the serial? A Wikipedia article on serials, which can be found here has this to say:

  • In literature, a serial is a publishing format by which a single large work, most often a work of narrative fiction, is presented in contiguous (typically chronological) installments—also known as numbers, parts, or fascicles—either issued as separate publications or appearing in sequential issues of a single periodical publication.[1] More generally, serial is applied in library and information science to materials "in any medium issued under the same title in a succession of discrete parts, usually numbered (or dated) and appearing at regular or irregular intervals with no predetermined conclusion. 

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