Aug 06 2012

I Got Published

Published by at 6:48 pm under Navel-Gazing

I’m working with Hyperink on an ebook of superhero movie reviews aimed at prospective writers and movie-makers. I’ll let you know more details as they become available. Thanks for your help, everybody!

45 responses so far

45 Responses to “I Got Published”

  1. Nightwireon 06 Aug 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Congratulations, dude! 😀

  2. Seraon 06 Aug 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Ooh, details pls! 🙂 Or is it classified? Anyways, congratulations!

  3. Slickon 06 Aug 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Congrats!!!

  4. Sylaron 06 Aug 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Congratulations, man!! That’s awesome!!

  5. B. Macon 06 Aug 2012 at 8:31 pm

    “Ooh, details pls! Or is it classified?” I’ll let you as soon as I know anything for certain, but so far it’s very early in the process–the publisher and I have just agreed on the publishing contract and have not yet had any detailed discussions about what will go into the book.

  6. Carl Shinyamaon 06 Aug 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations!!

  7. YoungAuthoron 06 Aug 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Congrats!!!!!!!!

  8. Edgukatoron 06 Aug 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome. Let us know when its ready!

  9. JPon 07 Aug 2012 at 12:19 am

    Can’t wait for it!

  10. Aj of Earthon 07 Aug 2012 at 6:41 am

    Dig it, B. Mac! That’s what’s up! Congrats!!! 🙂

  11. Wilon 07 Aug 2012 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations! Now the hard part, the freaking marketing!

  12. B. Macon 07 Aug 2012 at 8:44 am

    “Congratulations! Now the hard part, the freaking marketing!” I generally feel pretty good about marketing, but one of the target audiences here (film students and/or aspiring moviemakers) is completely new to me.

  13. aharrison 07 Aug 2012 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations!

    As for the marketing … sounds like it’s time for more research. 🙂

  14. Chihuahua0on 07 Aug 2012 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations! You’re going to have cred.

    By the way, do you have a Twitter account yet?

  15. B. Macon 07 Aug 2012 at 9:37 am

    I do (@SuperheroNation), but I haven’t used it very regularly. I just sent P. Mac an email about whether he could set up a Twitter plug-in which will automatically post SN content on Twitter.

  16. Goaton 07 Aug 2012 at 9:59 am

    Congrats! This has always been one of my favorite sites, it’s nice to see that you’re moving up.

  17. Contra Gloveon 07 Aug 2012 at 10:47 am

    Congratulations. You’re ahead of 99% of us.

  18. Janon 07 Aug 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome! Congrats!

  19. Jeremy Melloulon 07 Aug 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Congrats! That’s great to hear!

  20. Hobbeson 07 Aug 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Nice Sir, congratulations!! It’s funny, everyone speaks of the dreaded marketing!!

  21. Milanon 08 Aug 2012 at 3:18 am

    Congratulations on the non fiction gig! At least you get to be very close to lots of fun fictions 🙂

  22. TKRon 08 Aug 2012 at 6:39 am

    “I generally feel pretty good about marketing, but one of the target audiences here (film students and/or aspiring moviemakers) is completely new to me.”

    Don’t feel that way, please. I found your site because it was recommended through one of my classes for my master programs, which happens to be a course for writing for entertainment.

  23. B. McKenzieon 08 Aug 2012 at 9:29 am

    “Don’t feel that way, please. I found your site because it was recommended through one of my classes for my master programs, which happens to be a course for writing for entertainment.” Thanks! I find that very encouraging.

  24. Scarecrowon 08 Aug 2012 at 12:46 pm

    That’s incredible B. Mac! I’ve often used this site for tips and am wondering if you could set up a review forum for me? 🙂

  25. B. McKenzieon 08 Aug 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Alright, Scarecrow, I’ve set it up here. Please let me know if you’d like me to change the text above the fold to something besides “Please see the comments below.”

  26. WritingNinjaon 08 Aug 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I hope it involves ninjas!
    Congrats!

  27. CRon 10 Aug 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Congrats!

  28. Mynaon 10 Aug 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Whoa, that’s amazing! Congrats, B. Mac!

  29. M. Happenstanceon 10 Aug 2012 at 11:17 pm

    A somewhat belated congrats from me – you’re moving up in the world!

  30. Ragged Boyon 14 Aug 2012 at 11:15 am

    That’s really awesome, B.Mac. Congratulations. I’m sure you’ll be able to provide invaluable perspective into the field. Definitely keep us posted!

  31. ChickenNoodleson 14 Aug 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats B mac. I knew you’d get published.

  32. B. McKenzieon 14 Aug 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The six movie reviews slated for the book are Dark Knight, Iron Man, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Catwoman, and Green Lantern.

  33. Ragged Boyon 14 Aug 2012 at 3:08 pm

    That’s seems pretty commodious seeing as you’ve already reviewed those films here. I wonder is there any type of standards for reviewing movies. I’m sure you’d touch on things like character development, plotting, setting, etc.

    The only other things I could think of would be the aspects of films that get rewards like acting, cinematography, soundtrack and other movie elements.

  34. B. McKenzieon 14 Aug 2012 at 5:54 pm

    “The only other things I could think of would be the aspects of films like acting, cinematography, soundtrack and other movie elements.” Generally, I’d like 90%+ of each movie review to be applicable to novelists and comic writers as well as screenwriters–unless commenting on a cinematic technique might be useful in some way to non-screenwriters. For example, in my review of The Incredibles*, I covered visual imagery extensively (e.g. how the film used settings to develop the plot, the characters, mood, and the stakes). Even though novelists deploy visual imagery in a different way, many novelists could learn a lot from The Incredibles there. I’m not sure about soundtrack** and acting, though. Do you have any suggestions about how I might cover those in a way which would help novelists and/or comic writers?

    *Which I’ll end up publishing in either a second book of superhero movie reviews or a book of Pixar reviews.

    **The first thing that came to mind here was providing tips on how a novelist or comic writer might use sounds and sound effects. I tried writing a paragraph of advice along those lines, but it didn’t fill me with confidence.



    “That’s seems pretty commodious seeing as you’ve already reviewed those films here.” I published four of the six reviews online before I knew that I could get them published in a book. From a book-sales perspective, it would probably be best if I took down those four reviews from the website, but I’d ask instead that anybody that enjoyed one of my movie reviews to consider buying the book. If I publish a subsequent edition with six new reviews, at least five will be exclusive to the book.

  35. WritingNinjaon 14 Aug 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I personally love reading your reviews on movies. I think Hollywood tends to forget about the watchers so they take us all for a ride and then dump us on the side. Kinda like Hancock. Great beginning confusing ending. I would encourage you to write more movie reviews for the book alone because it’s shows different view points. I think our media tends to be a cookie cutter factory that produces the same plots and stories that are slightly different.

    If you are stuck on sound tracks and acting from a writer’s perspective. You can talk about uses senses. Most books I read rarely talk about the smell, taste, sound, and touch (other than something rough, smooth, heavy, or light.) For example, I always wondered how the solider/hero/adventurer can sneak through the woods and escape when you always have dead leaves to walk on. Or when characters sneak through hallways and their shoes don’t make a sound! Pretty big in any spy movie.
    Or maybe I have lead feet and walk loudly. 😛

    Acting can be body language. I remember reading about a character who, anytime he was frustrated, would run his hands through his hair. It just fit his personality so well. It’s another way to tell characters apart. Sure it isn’t a major part of things, and most of the time we don’t pay attention to it in movies or books, but it adds something more.
    Indiana Jones is a good example here of where body language is a key. Thankfully Harrison Ford played Indiana, but Tom Selleck almost got the part. Harrison always had a boyish quality that added to the part. His posture wasn’t perfect, and he had a crooked smile. It added more character than what Tom would have done. Tom’s posture is kind of stiff and his smile doesn’t light up his face like Harrison. I think it makes a different in something being good to something being classic.

  36. Bill (Monroe)on 29 Aug 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I wrote a novel also. Started on may 2nd and finished July 4th. It’s 70k + words and listed with Amazon.com. I tried the literary agent route and was turned down everytime by about 30 or 40. Hard to keep track. I have eough material to get another 2 or 3 books out but it’s hard to stay on track when you have every day stuff to worry about and the worry that your just wasting your time. Any thoughts?

  37. B. McKenzieon 29 Aug 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Some thoughts, Bill:

    –It might have helped to spend more time revising. Two months is not very much time to write a smooth, well-polished book. Also, most agents take weeks (sometimes a month or more) to respond to submissions. If you go for an agent or professional publisher next time, I’d recommend spacing out the submissions so that you have more opportunity to edit your work and garner external feedback (e.g. beta reviews and personalized rejection letters).

    –If you’d like to send me your query letter (or any materials you’re using to pitch your book to prospective readers), I can probably offer some suggestions there.

    –I’m not sure what your day-job situation is like, but if possible, I would recommend seeking a position with a heavy writing component (particularly something related to publishing) if you do not have already have one. That will help you practice your skills and will probably help alleviate stress/schedule concerns. (It’s easier to cope financially and mentally with a few months of delays on a side-project if you’re succeeding on other vocational fronts).

    –I’d recommend proofreading aggressively.

    –“I have enough material to get another 2 or 3 books out but it’s hard to stay on track…” Before beginning any new books, I’d generally recommend rewriting the work you’ve finished until you’ve exhausted the possibility that publishers are not interested. Two months is not enough time.

    –If you’d like to send me the first 5-10 pages of the book, I’d appreciate that (although it’ll probably take me 3-5 weeks to respond).

    “…the worry that you’re just wasting your time.” It takes most authors at least a million words of practice to get good. WORST CASE SCENARIO: Your book brought you that much closer to victory. I wrote perhaps 1.5 million words on Superhero Nation before I got published. It took me six months before my audience was collectively spending more time on SN than I was. Ehh. I got better. Any time you get discouraged, check out what you were writing 2-3 years ago. Your current stuff is much better, right? Well, in 2-3 years, you’ll probably have a similar take on your current work… BUT that improvement will come with practice. Give yourself the ammunition to win.

  38. FVE-Manon 01 Oct 2012 at 7:06 am

    I know I’m about two months late, but congrats! I’ve read a few of those reviews that you’ve already posted, so I’ll keep an eye out for the published ebook.

    On another note, I’m ready to have a detailed synopsis of my novel reviewed and would like your professional opinion. The synopsis includes two full chapters, then a chapter-by-chapter summary of the rest of the story. The overall word count is 12,340, so with your 20% discount for previously unpublished authors, that should come to $98.72 (assuming my calculator doesn’t need as much fixing as my plot).

    So, do we have a deal? If you’re not too busy being published and successful, that is.

  39. B. McKenzieon 01 Oct 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Sure. Could you send me the synopsis at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com?

  40. FVE-Manon 02 Oct 2012 at 8:10 am

    Thanks a bunch. I’ll just give it one last read-through and send it on its merry way. Look for the email title “Food Versus Evil: An Angry Burger’s Quest”. Can payments be made through a PayPal invoice?

  41. B. McKenzieon 02 Oct 2012 at 8:46 am

    Yeah, that’d be great. Thanks.

  42. Nayanon 09 Oct 2012 at 6:55 am

    Congrats. You are the man. I will surely buy it in ebook format and your other guide book (but I could not find the preorder option for that. Perhaps its because I am searching it in mobile phone. I will try in pc).

  43. FVE-Manon 06 Apr 2013 at 8:24 am

    Hey B. Mac, are you any closer to critiquing my synopsis? I don’t want to come off as pushy, I’m just not sure if you got my email, or how far back it is in the queue.

  44. B. McKenzieon 06 Apr 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I just sent it into you. Sorry about that–I thought I already had!

  45. FVE-Manon 07 Apr 2013 at 12:03 am

    Ah, that’s okay. Thanks for the critique! I’ll read through it and get back to you if I have any questions (which I’m sure I will).

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