More About the Future of Ichabod Brooks

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At least at the writing of this post, people are liking the idea of doing a collection of Ichabod Brooks short stories.  I’m away until tonight, so I don’t know if things changed and a bunch of people swooped in to boo the idea.  If so then tell my family to stop fixing the polls.  (Joking!)  Figure 10-12 at 30-35 pages would work.  Leaning more toward the 10 than the 12.

There are still a few questions I have to find answers to in regards to Ichabod:

  1. Do I keep ‘Ichabod Brooks and the City of Beasts’ as a 99 cent intro or unpublish that to make it the lead to the overall book?  Doesn’t really sell any more, but who knows what will happen?  Wondering if I can mention it in the blurb of the collection.
  2. Do I remove ‘Ichabod Brooks and The Starwind Egg’ from the blog and put it into the collection?  I’m leaning toward yes here since people liked it and it would simply be left in limbo.  This also means I have only 9-11 stories to go.  8-10 if I put ‘City of Beasts’ into it too.
  3. What do I do about cover art?  The first had 99designs, which might be where I go this time too.  Money is an issue here.
  4. Do I try to release it next summer?  This is possible even if I take January to set up stuff for ‘War of Nightfall’ and the next ‘Dawn’ story.  An Ichabod story takes maybe 3-5 days to write.  Editing isn’t much longer and I’d have to really do that this time.  On the other hand, I could have this in reserve for 2018 when I’m not sure if I’ll have the vampires or a 3rd Bedlam book ready.
  5. What do I call this collection?  ‘The Adventures of Ichabod Brooks’?  ‘The Chronicles of Ichabod Brooks’?  Not sure yet, but part of me wants to play it off Ichabod’s dislike of bards who embellish his adventures.  Many ‘The Real Adventures of Ichabod Brooks’?  I was thinking of an amusing subtitle like ‘Some bards were bruised in the chronicling of these tales’ or maybe put that in the blurb.

Right now, I’m thinking of playing this by ear.  2017 is the last year of Legends of Windemere and I have another ‘Bedlam’ book coming out.  Not to mention the looming specter of ‘quit and get a real job’ that seems to make a bi-weekly appointment with me at the worst possible moments.

Finally, a REALLY BIG THANKS for everyone who voted.  I really appreciate it.  If you didn’t get to vote then feel free to go:

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About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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37 Responses to More About the Future of Ichabod Brooks

  1. Oloriel says:

    Hey Charles, I am just a person’s opinion, but if it was me, I would compile everything into one big book, name it something (the names you listed, in all honesty, sound a bit dull! Sorry I am always hideous and honest :/ ), keep it cheap, and perhaps alternate with showing the 2 stories you already shown? I know it doesn;t help, but trust your gut, I think you know best! I think also this would save you making cover art for every story. You would need just 1 cover art.

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    • Not sure what you mean by alternate the 2 stories or compiling everything. Do you all the listed stories instead of the top 10-12? As far as the titles go, I’ll need to work on it, but collections tend to be dull. Ichabod Brooks does have to be in there though. One of the hardest parts.

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      • Oloriel says:

        Collections are often dull because they hop from one story to another. I think it will be different case when they are all like chapters from one same hero’s life.
        As for alternating, I meant, the stories you shown already, show those again – as a peek into the compilation. So you don’t end up sharing all the stories.

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      • I don’t think I can put City of Beasts in there due to it already being published. The chapters aren’t really going to be written that way. Each one is a different adventure with Ichabod, but it’s closer to a Conan collection than a novel.

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  2. There is no right answer here. I would leave book one published, throw Starwind Egg into the collection, and go for it. Then you can include teasers from Starwind Egg as part of the promo stuff without spoiling the rest of the tales. I really like the word “Chronicles” in a title somehow. I’d encourage you to contact Sean Harrington, but I’m kind of based. Honestly, I’m kind of excited for this book. I really like Ichabod.

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  3. I’m not much help. I enjoy the stories and don’t find collections boring. You will have to do what you think best.

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Charles Yallowitz is looking for answers (aren’t we all) but his are in relation to the Legends of Windemere and the possibility of creating short stories for Ichabod Brooks.. can you help him out?

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  5. L. Marie says:

    There are some good thoughts here. I agree about putting Starwind into the collection. I can’t help thinking of the volumes of short stories I’ve seen that have all of the stories about a particular character or were written by a particular author (like Hans Christian Andersen). It’s nice to have a handy volume to go to.

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    • I did intend for Ichabod to be similar to the pulp fiction stuff, so this probably makes more sense for him. Cheaper for me than a slew of short stories. At least in cover art. What do you think about putting ‘Ichabod Brooks and the City of Beasts’ in there too?

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  6. Bookwraiths says:

    1) I’d leave ‘Ichabod Brooks and the City of Beasts’ up as a free or 99 cent intro.
    2) Put ‘Ichabod Brooks and The Starwind Egg’ into the collection if it fits into the theme you are trying to capture.
    3) I liked the cover art, so I’d only change it if you really believed it would help with sales.
    4) I’d say this is something only you can answer. I personally see positives and negatives in both approaches. Me personally I’d get it out sooner rather than later to have more money making potential out there, especially since you say the “get a real job stuff” is coming at you fast and furious lately.
    5) I think something humorous would be cool here. ‘The Real Adventures of Ichabod Brooks’ is cool. I also liked your idea to have something which pokes fun at bards in particular.

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    • Thanks. The only theme is adventures, so I think it can be included. I do need new cover art since the one I have is only for City of Beasts. Jason wouldn’t be able to do this either, so I need to look elsewhere. I haven’t even outlined this stuff, so next summer might be the earliest I can do it. Might be beneficial since that’s a busy time. Short stories get a boost then. ‘Real’ does sound like it should be there.

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