New Book: 122 Down-to-Earth Ideas for Science Fiction Writers

sf220Here’s the third book in our rebranded series of ideas, story starters and writing prompts for writers.

All of the ideas have been edited and updated;
there’s a lovely new cover;
the Kindle price has been slashed to just 2.99;
and it’s available in paperback for the first time too!

It’s only available from Amazon, and to comply with their exclusivity requirements, we will no longer be selling it on the ideas4writers website.

A lot of work went into this one. The writing is better, the ideas are clearer, and there are lots of new bits.

Here’s the new description:

Write science fiction stories your readers will never forget!

Banish those ponderous, over-used plots; clichéd, one-dimensional characters; and stories that lack imagination and depth. Your plots will be huge, entertaining and fresh; your heroes, villains and aliens will be authentic, memorable and extraordinary; and your stories will be out of this world.

The 122 ideas in this book include:

  • How to create unique story ideas
  • How to predict the future
  • How to use (and misuse) technology
  • Everything you need to know about time travel
  • How to write alternative history stories
  • Everything you need to know about aliens
  • How to change the way the universe works
  • How to create your own worlds and universes
  • And much more

Plus you’ll get 33 great scene and storyline ideas you can use immediately or adapt as you wish

If you’re ready to take your readers on the journey of their lives, buy 122 Down-to-Earth Ideas for Science Fiction Writers today!

Here are those all-important links:

Kindle edition:

The fastest way to get ideas – more info

Some of you are asking about our latest book The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

Q. Can I get the e-book version now and upgrade to the paperback version when that comes out?

A. Yes. The upgrade price is 2 pounds + postage. In the UK, postage is 1 pound so the total upgrade cost will be 3 pounds. When the paperback is ready (late May) I’ll announce it here in the blog.

Q. Are these new What Ifs or are you recycling your old ones?

A. Both. About 3,000 of the What Ifs have previously appeared (but in random order) in the members-only section of the ideas4writers website, and in our old ezine. (The ezine was discontinued in 2007 and replaced with this blog.)

Another few hundred originally appeared as bonuses in our old newsletter (also now discontinued and replaced by this blog). And, more recently, they’ve been appearing here in the blog. But, again, in random order.

The book includes all of those, plus the 480 that will appear here in the blog over the next 4 years. And then there are a few hundred more that are exclusive to the book and won’t appear anywhere else.

This is the first time that the whole collection has been brought together in one place and organised into proper categories for easy reference. (And if you get the ebook edition, they’re also fully searchable.)

What’s not included in the book: A few duplicates, and some that were quite similar to each other – which I hadn’t realised until they were sorted into categories and I could see them all clearly for the first time. I also left out the 200 that were included as bonuses in the appendix of The Fastest Way to Write Your Book.

Q. Will there be a printed version, when will it be published, and will it be available on Amazon?

A. Yes, there will be a paperback version. We don’t have a definite publication date yet, but it will be towards the end of May.

Yes, it will be available on or by special order from any UK bookshop. However it will cost more to buy it from those places than direct from us.

The ebook edition is available right now from the ideas4writers website.

Q. You mentioned previously that you were considering using for the printed editon. Is that still the case?

A. No. After careful consideration we decided to use our regular printing company. Lulu’s formatting requirements were too restrictive for us – it would have meant doing the entire 256-page layout all over again and using a smaller font that we weren’t happy with. Also the amount of money we would make per book (if we sold it to you at a reasonable price) was far too low. We have to try and stay in business, after all!

Lulu is fine if you’re planning on selling a small number of books or publishing books as a hobby and don’t expect to make a living from it. But it’s not for us. If we get them printed by a litho printer in a large batch we can get them for a fraction of the cost of what Lulu charges – and we can use whatever formatting and layout we like.

The disadvantage of using our regular printing company is that we need to order a large print run to get a decent cost per book. And that in turn means finding somewhere to store them, and being (reasonably) confident that we have the marketing skills (and enough potential buyers) to sell them. That’s a bit of a gamble in the present economic climate, but we like  a challenge and the book won’t go out of date – and of course it’s a great book too!

Q. Will there be any more books in The Fastest Way series?

A. Yes. We’re currently working on The Fastest Way to Publish Your Book and The Fastest Way to Sell Your Book. Hopefully at least one of these will be published before the end of 2009. After that we might extend the series to cover other subjects – but that will probably be in 2011 or beyond, as we have some other interesting projects planned for 2010.

Those were the main questions we were asked, but if there’s anything else you’d like to ask us, we’ll be happy to answer it.

You can find out more about The Fastest Way to Get Ideas here:

Dave Haslett, ideas4writers,

The fastest way to get ideas

My new e-book is now on sale!

The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers

Instant inspiration for your short stories, novels, characters, plots, settings and more!

The fastest way to get ideas - 4,400 essential what ifs for writersWhat Ifs are one of the easiest ways to come up with great ideas for things to write about, even on days when your brain refuses to work!

With the help of this book you’ll easily come up with stories packed with fully rounded, three-dimensional characters, fascinating and memorable plot twists, interesting locations, and all sorts of other ideas that will leave your readers thinking: How on earth did you think of that?

For full details please click here.

This is the e-book edition. The paperback edition will also be available shortly.

(There are also 30 bonus What Ifs hidden in the Introduction!)

Dave Haslett, ideas4writers,