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  • Started by Daniel_K_Munroe Jun 9, 2007 at 12:05 am
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  1. #1 Jun 9, 2007 at 12:05 am

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    Question. If you're a car nut (like most of us!), and you're also a reader, does it make sense for an author like me to write an exciting, hard-hitting crime/action novel full of cool and desirable cars? Bear in mind that it’s also been crafted to appeal to 'non-car' people, but it's guys and gals like you that it's primarily aimed at. So that's my question ... would you buy a copy to read? Or am I wasting my time writing for car enthusiasts? If you need more info to post a useful reply, have a look at “Super Duty” at the publisher's website www.tightwriters.com and click on ‘more about the book’ where there is a synopsis of the story, then ‘look inside the book’ for page one (boring), as well as a later excerpt (not so boring). The novel is presently available to pre-order. Oh, and by the way, once 40 pre-orders have been reached, the first batch will be printed, all of them personally signed by me as a thank you for early support.

    Consider the question, help me with this market research. I'm keen to see what you think.

    Enjoy your cars. After a thirty year wait to buy it, I love mine!

    DKM
     

     

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  2. #2 Jun 10, 2007 at 12:16 am

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    i'd buy it
     

     

    growing up is over rated. growing old just happens

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  3. #3 Jun 11, 2007 at 4:08 am

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    That'd be cool. It'd get me one closer to that initial batch of 40 going to print, plus you'd end up with one of only 40 signed copies. Catchya, DKM

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    Originally posted by rangerxlt  i'd buy it
     

     

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  4. #4 Jun 11, 2007 at 8:53 am

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    I'd almost go for making one car a prominent secondary character, rather than having a bunch of cars, like "Smokey and the Bandit." or make it a main character like that one Stephen King movie. Dang. Forgot the name. It's called something like "Irene" or... darn. smile image I knew the movie name when I started writing this post.

    If the car is a secondary character, then it could be tied into scenery and situational discriptiongs, instead of outright describing the car. Like during a chase scene in a spy novel, you could writing about the acceleration and handling of a car, since it would fit into the situation. And how many times has our car been a bullhorn for our emotional state? biggrin image (And how many of those times took us 8,000 miles closer to needing new tires?)

    I'd say you'd have the best response by picking one car and working it into the storyline. The only memorable cars from movies or books are the ones that have been intimately woven into the storyline and themselves become a character, or a supporting character for one of the main characters.

    My own two cents.
     

     

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    Edited Jun 11, 2007 at 8:54 am

  5. #5 Jun 11, 2007 at 9:00 am

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    The Stephen King book "Christine" is what I was thinking of. That was made into a movie too, right?
     

     

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  6. #6 Jun 11, 2007 at 3:31 pm

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    Originally posted by Daniel_K_Munroe  That'd be cool. It'd get me one closer to that initial batch of 40 going to print, plus you'd end up with one of only 40 signed copies. Catchya, DKM


    that would be great to get a signed copy.
     

     

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  7. #7 Jun 11, 2007 at 8:55 pm

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    You're right, of course, and that's what I've done. Check out the synopsis at the publisher's website, and you'll see that the whole story hinges around an attempt to retrieve one particular stolen Trans Am, a rare "Super Duty" version.

    And whereas the key car doesn't initially come to the forefront of the reader's mind at the beginning of the story, other cars form the wallpaper in the background as the story unfolds in the meantime. Any action that occurs in or around any particular car in the early part of the story, takes place within the context of what the car is being used for at the time, and how the driver relates to the car.

    The relationship between the key human players, with the Super Duty as a hinge-pin, then takes over as the story progresses and the real excitement begins to occur.

    Bear in mind that the book already exists, and is available for people to pre-order now, with production of the first batch in approx 4 weeks.

    And again, you're right. I've explored how the car(s) make the driver feel at any given point (without laboring the concept), as well as how circumstances can alter how the driver perceives the car, or even how much he 'notices' the car.

    I appreciate your two cents. Every bit of feedback helps, and all these posts heighten people's awareness of a book they may well endure, I mean enjoy!

    DKM

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    Originally posted by Toicontien  I'd almost go for making one car a prominent secondary character, rather than having a bunch of cars, like "Smokey and the Bandit." or make it a main character like that one Stephen King movie. Dang. Forgot the name. It's called something like "Irene" or... darn. smile image I knew the movie name when I started writing this post.

    If the car is a secondary character, then it could be tied into scenery and situational discriptiongs, instead of outright describing the car. Like during a chase scene in a spy novel, you could writing about the acceleration and handling of a car, since it would fit into the situation. And how many times has our car been a bullhorn for our emotional state? biggrin image (And how many of those times took us 8,000 miles closer to needing new tires?)

    I'd say you'd have the best response by picking one car and working it into the storyline. The only memorable cars from movies or books are the ones that have been intimately woven into the storyline and themselves become a character, or a supporting character for one of the main characters.

    My own two cents.
     

     

    Daniel K Munroe
  8. #8 Jun 12, 2007 at 8:26 am

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    Very cool. I'll have to check it out.
     

     

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  9. #9 Jun 12, 2007 at 10:59 am

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    And whereas the key car doesn't initially come to the forefront of the reader's mind at the beginning of the story, other cars form the wallpaper in the background as the story unfolds in the meantime. Any action that occurs in or around any particular car in the early part of the story, takes place within the context of what the car is being used for at the time, and how the driver relates to the car.


    Another great story that most of us would never think is a "car book" is "The Great Gatsby."

    It was impossible, until the arrival of the car, to have a storyline or plot that moved from location to location like Gatsby did. Though many would point to the story being about Nick enamored with the upper-class and forbidden love affairs, none of it could have happened without the car, but no one thinks of "Gatsby" as a car book.

    I read your synopsis. It looks like a great read. Good luck with it! hyper image
     

     

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  10. #10 Jun 12, 2007 at 3:13 pm

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    Thanks for your post. Much appreciated!

    DKM

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    Originally posted by birdswitharms  I read your synopsis. It looks like a great read. Good luck with it! hyper image
     

     

    Daniel K Munroe

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