These nameless books, are they in an exisiting universe? or brand new?
All the books I'm working on now are in the Paksenarrion universe. Book one is done and will be out next March; book two just made it through the first draft; book three is embryonic but alive.
If this interests you, there's a lot more about this project at the website and blog dedicated to this story-universe. http://www.paksworld.com/
has the background information on the world of Paksenarrion, and http://www.paksworld.com/blog/
has updates on how the books are going, and discussions with fans. Most of my posts about the work on progress are over there, but I often mention them here and repeat the links. Oh, and the blog has feeds, if that's something you do.
I'm sorry. That was a bit of a brainfart on my behalf. I realized that they had to be Paks world books sometime after I asked the question. I guess it was because I had thought that Nameless I had been named, I guess not.
The second two books have not decided on their titles. I'm going to have to take this to the fencing group, which came up with the title for #1
. My working titles, when I have them, are all too long and klutzy. The working title for this one, if I'd ever used it, would've been something like "And you thought you were in trouble LAST time!" or possibly "Find somebody already" or even "Some people are denser than uranium."
Do publishers have issues with writers posting bits/pieces/chapters/etc. that get cut from books on publically available websites after publishing? If not, you could share the scene with your devoted readers and the effort would not be "wasted" in terms of audience. It wouldn't generate revenue, but it would, perhaps, generate lots of good-will from fans.
Policies vary, and the wise writer checks with his/her publisher. I checked this week to find out when I could put up a chapter of the new book, for instance, and was told not until a month before release. Other publishers would let one go up after copy editing, and might allow more to be put up. Some publishers let the writer choose and some make their own selection.
I did get permission to put up the snippets I've already posted and more as time goes on, as long as the aggregate amount (compared to the size of the book) is small. I was told to do disconnected snippets only, not snippets that added up to (for instance) a complete chapter, and not snippets that gave too much away--that were spoiler-heavy.
Scenes not in the book are probably OK, especially after the release date, but I'd check with my editor...the issue is spoilers. Some readers don't care; others really hate spoilers. Just because a scene isn't in the book doesn't mean it's spoiler-free (for instance, the POV section I mentioned here gives away considerable about this character's future plans. I think I've already included one snippet from this section (I really should have started a list of snippets when I posted the first one, so I wouldn't accidentally post the same one twice, or anything else I shouldn't...)
for instance, a chapter I wrote to get inside the head of a character who is a plot-driver but offstage....like Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, hardly seen but always felt. But I need to know why he's doing what he's doing, and the only way (for me--I'm that kind of writer) to know that is to get in his POV long enough to understand him. Still--does it belong in the book proper? Writer-ego says "But it's a beautifully written chapter" and Writer-editor says "But does the reader really need to know this about this character at this time to feel the building menace?"
I ran into that with some (unfinished) online fiction.
A character in what I had intended to be a throwaway scene insisted on his story being told. Which meant writing the two stories in parallel.
Not too bad except the best friend of the viewpoint character in the original story wound up as the girlfriend of the viewpoint character in the second story.
So to keep things straight about what happens offscreen with the girl, I had to resort to creating a file (soon to be a set of files) with all her interactions with either character and then fill in with bits about what she was doing. Sometimes just notes, other times, long stretches of dialog insisted on being written.
At least I can mine the dialogue for stuff she can talk to the others about (and to firm up the personalities of the characters she was talking to when they show up in either of the "real" stories.
Oy, indeed! Characters! They all want to be center stage, don't they? Tell MY story, they insist. ME, TOO says another. And another.
It's always fascinating to read about your writing process -- not only is it informative, but it's nice to know that other writers will do things that don't actually make it into the book, just to get into the character's headspace.
The original Paks books produced "side-stories" and "pre-stories" (which I wish I could find--I did save them!) as well as the songs (and in some cases the music, which I don't remember all that well) and a lot of stuff that didn't make it in, not even counting the things that were deliberately cut that I first thought *were* in the story.
It was a very messy production. I still write messily, in the sense of having to write out more than is in the book, because that's how my brain works. I just start, and find out what's really going on as I go. (No matter what I thought was going on.)
Just watched a PBS American Masters program on Garrison Keillor and at one point he said that writing is about discovery...that's certainly been my experience.