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The Storyteller Reports: The Next Logical Step For E-books

I can’t believe I didn’t see this coming.

Have you heard of Coliloquy? It’s a California-based company who has taken the concept of the e-book and mutated it into an app for interactive fiction. This follows in the footsteps of a similar venture in September called The King of Shreds and Patches. They’re written like any other book, but at certain points you must make choices for your character that will determine how he/she fares. It’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” for the Kindle. What’s new about Coliloquoy is that your choices are recorded by the app and sent to the company to influence future editions.

When I saw these headlines yesterday afternoon, my eyes lit up. My head is only starting to soar. Imagine if this stuff gets popular on the Kindle. The next Great American novel could be interactive.

Oops. Did I just say that out loud? I think I did. Let me repeat it. The next work of literature that could pierce the core of the human condition, and be read and discussed for decades afterward, could be a “Choose Your Own Adventure Book”.

Consider the power is leaves to an author. One of a fictions writer’s greatest powers is fate. What happens to his/her characters says something about how he/she views the world. When the villain falls off an icy cliff because he alienated everyone who might have been with him to lend him a hand, the message is that people who alienate other people are bad. Obviously, we can get more complicated than that, but that’s the idea.

Imagine this principle working in interactive fiction. With more choices come a more sophisticated moral vision. By coming up with multiple plotlines and endings, an author is forced to make more commentary on people and the world; he is forced to broaden his moral scope and ask more questions. This must strengthen the vision of his/her novel- not to mention himself/herself.

If you’re not up for literary fiction, more plotlines will still result in more excitement and more chances to hone your craft. The more you write, the better you get. What could improve your skill better than having to make so many alternate stories make sense?

All it takes is one runaway success to turn this into a legitimate genre. I truly believe somebody is going to take this genre and write a story (erm, stories) that will stun the world. You heard it here. Interactive fiction is going to find a way to become a force in the literary world.

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The Quest Is Available On Kindle At Last!

After a thunderous battle of submissions, re-submissions, and submission boxes with red lines around them marking, “Please enter a normal number for your series, please”…

The Quest (Part One of the Kingdom Trilogy) is available for purchase on the Kindle Store and Smashwords!

If you want to be a stubborn old-timer and get the Smashwords copy, go here.*

If you want to be one of the cool kids, and even sit with them at their lunch table, pick up the Kindle Edition.

Either way, it’s only $2.99.

If you need some time considering whether this novel is worth your three dollars, allow me to hypnotize you with my new, ten-million-times-better-than-the-last-one cover design.

Illustration (and copyright) by Martha Bartell

Keep staring… that’s right… fall under my spell… for my diabolical overthrow of your mind with aesthetics… don’t pay attention to that last phrase… just keep staring at that beautiful cover…

If you got as far as this paragraph, you are immune to my Jedi mind tricks. Congratulations! You are free from my control! You’re still welcome to grab a copy of The Quest, if you like. Arman falls off a stone tower, nearly drowns twice, faces down murderous phantoms, escapes werewolves, and is nearly crushed by a troll; he went through that and more to give you a fine story to read. You owe him one, don’t you?

* = Mark Coker, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding.

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If you’re looking for The Storyteller Reports, check back tomorrow. It’ll be up then.

Kindle Edition Coming Soon!

With the college semester finished, there’s some news I thought you might like to hear.

Today, I have begun working with the HTML to get The Quest¬†onto Amazon’s Kindle Store. I’ll keep you updated as we go along. The goal is to have it up by this weekend, but we’ll see what happens as I go through the manuscript.