What about the Title?

As I am writing my story, I continue to read as much as I can about self-publishing to try and squeeze every last bit of information I can before I get to those steps. When I hit some piece of advice that I consider valuable, I look at what I am doing to see how my way compares.

One of the recent elements I have read in a few articles, is about the Title and how that can convey the mood of the book. Actually some are saying Title and cover art but I am not at that stage yet.

For my book, I think the title: Wall of Destruction  is good but then again maybe I am biased. So I would like to ask yall, what do you feel when you read that Title?

The latest article I read about this idea is from James Altucher’s The Altucher Confidential blog. In his post “How to Self-Publish a Best Seller: Publishing 3.0” he talks about the title and how he polled for different titles from his Facebook friends to pick the best one.

I will try a slightly different approach. I would like to ask if you think the title: Wall of Destruction, is intriguing enough to look further into?  If a book’s background is the destruction of a civilization because of flooding, would that be something that matches?

Would love to know what you think?

 

Status

First Happy Father’s Day to all.  Fathers and mothers having to pull double duty.

So writing my novel in OpenOffice and have around 320 pages but exporting to a PDF, I get around 160 pages. Not sure why the difference, but I assume the PDF is probably more accurate.  Figure I am a little more than half way through the story so probably closer to 300 pages for PDF when done.

Hopefully this storyline pleases yall and makes you want to read more. I have plans for a few short story/novellas diving much deeper into areas of the story or branching off to cover the story of other characters that come into this story but quickly disappear. My goal is to put together 5 shorts; the first one will be free and the next two paid.  Afterwards, I will build the last two and publish them as part of an anthology of all 5 stories.

If people are still into this storyline, I was thinking to put out another novel based on the Raman Empire’s experience of this and then probably another 5 shorts based on that novel. Kinda get you both sides of the story with some different point of views of the same events.

Of course if the storyline isn’t as popular as I would hope, then I have other story ideas to work on and I can come back to this one in the future.

Also still thinking of the crowdsourcing idea and would like to know if anyone has used that route before and what was their experience?

Til next time.

Wall of Destruction Preview – Draft Version

Wall of Destruction Preview v1

Already well into writing the novel but thought I would include a preview. It is still a draft version but I would love to get some feedback.

To publish it will require professional artwork and editing. Even more if I try to have it translated. These costs add up, so I am considering crowdsourcing. I have investigated some of the crowdsourcing sites and it seems that Indiegogo is the best international service. So comments will be invaluable.

My goal for now will be to publish it electronically.

Why is Wall of Destruction my first book?

DSC02606A few years ago I picked up a book by Graham Hancock called “Fingerprints of the Gods” that changed the way I thought of history. I have been a history nut since my school days but in this book Mr. Hancock challenged the orthodox views of how civilization progressed. I was hooked.

Many of the arguments made sense to me and I started reading more from Mr. Hancock and others that wrote of similar views. One of the biggest challenges to these views was, “where is the evidence?” Many things mentioned by these writers had little corroborating information or not enough to stir the archaeological community to further investigate.

Where is the evidence? Maybe in the ocean. Since the last ice age, sea levels have risen over 150 feet globally. Large swaths of land that used to be shore side are now under tens or hundreds of feet of water. The Persian Gulf used to be a river valley, Florida used to be about twice its size, Sundaland was a landmass that included large swaths of Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Mexico was half its size and more a bay with small waterways connecting it to the Atlantic Ocean.

Then you look at human nature and you notice that we really love to build cities near the coast or along rivers. We always have. Almost all ancient cities were near bodies of water because we need water to survive. Especially nice places were river deltas, building a city as close as you can to a delta really gave you an advantage. The land is more fertile, you have access to the seas and trade. Just a sweet place to put down some roots.

Until the sea levels rise that is. Once the seas start flooding your crops or even your house, it tends to make the place uninhabitable and less desirous. Storms cause more damage and water gets caught in tidal pools that, due to stagnation, might cause disease and all that other fun stuff.

If you do have cities, you have specialization of skills. I myself am an IT engineer, not a farmer or hunter. I might have some of those skills or learn quickly but what if I am dropped into an area without more than I can carry? If I left in a hurry, did I bring an axe? food? water? clothes? If I did, did every one else? Will I have to fend off other starving people for the food and tools I did bring? If I am fending them off, can I continue to feed myself?

Leaving the environs of a city quickly might also cause the loss of industry and the devaluing of specialization. Can you make the tools you need or did the tooling systems you require sink with the city? Could you even stay in large, organized groups? Might you have to break up into smaller and smaller groups to have a chance to feed your group? Non-survival skills then become unused and eventually forgotten.

How could a civilization die? I think these could be causes of an advanced society reverting to hunter gatherers. Just need to find some evidence of city remains. The cool thing is they are starting to look in the oceans and are finding things that are questioning the current story of man.

This is one of the premises in Wall of Destruction, a “When Atlantis Fell” saga. Something happens to cause the cities to be abandoned and the survivors need to learn to “go native” to survive. As this is a book of fiction, I also took the liberty of using stories of Atlantis and other ancient  tales to build my civilizations.

I will add more about it in the coming posts.