Last month, on February 23rd, Wonderment Media launched five books in one day. Why did this change publishing? It changed publishing because this is the first time that’s ever been done. A bunch of writers got together, without a big publisher to protect them from themselves (actually with a publisher called Wonderment Media, which is basically just made up of writers) and began to tell shared stories within a massive story arc. Basically they made mayhem and had a lot of fun doing it. This is the digital media revolution being maximized and I hope you didn’t miss it.
The BookVerse is called Apocalypse Weird. It’s a big SciFi story about a series of civilization-ending events and the heroes, villains, tragedies and mysteries that unfold. It’s going to take about five years to tell the whole story and yes, they know the endgame. But, right now it’s kicking off with five of the Indie movement’s best authors. I read all five and I was duly impressed. I even wrote a couple of books inside the AW myself. But let me take a moment and tell you about the others. I think you’re going to find their books are pretty cool takes on Post Apocalyptia.
Reversal is a Climate Change Game Changer written by Jennifer Ellis, an actual Scientist who spends her days studying such doomsday catastrophes. It’s a hip, slick ride through the arctic and the action literally does not stop. But here’s the really cool thing: Undead Polar Bears. Take that Lost!
Chris Pourteau basically took drugs and mixed with the SuperMax population of darkest Texas for this brutal tale of Hurricanes and psychos in The Serenity Strain. Pourteau and I write in a very similar manner. He’s thoughtful, poignant, and not afraid to kill his darlings. This book ends starkly and promises an adventure worthy of the Greyhawk legend.
These five books just changed the publishing landscape.
They were written by writers writing together and published by writers using the awesome media of Digital Publishing. They rock! They’re fun and not held down by the conventional GroupThink of Big Pub. In fact, all the writers collaborated and encouraged each other and even allowed a few characters to wander from one book to the next (that happens out there in the Apocalypse Weird). In short, they were the GroupThink. And it was totally creative and if you ever wanted to see what that looked like, well, this is it. Pure creativity.
And you know what? It worked. Publishing just got changed.
Click on the books to find out more and then buy them and get started. I linked right to the ‘Zon because I wanted you to see the amazing amount of awesome reviews these books have already received.
Things are about to get very, very weird. -Nick