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I have been googling around and trying to find the right kind of place and believe I may have found it. I'm looking for some assistance/collaborators/artists etc etc. Don't worry, I'll explain things properly bit at a time.
If anything below interests anyone, feel from the PM or email me.
1. Book Cover - FOUND
I am looking for someone to do a better book cover than I did and try and convey the story in something that makes people want to read it. I won't post any links as I am only new, but google "Monok's Bones" and you should find my book/cover. I have self published it and did the cover myself with a stock image I bought. I feel it's not good enough though. I am not willing to pay for this one, but will be for the sequels if it improves sales due to the cover.
2. Book Cover - FOUND
I am currently writing some more stuff that I will self publish as well, and really want some good book covers for it, I am willing to pay for this. It is planned to be a 15 book series, roughly between 150-200 pages each, target ages 10-16, male. It is divided into 5 sections of 3 books each, with each section focusing on a different character on the 'good guys' side. The story will flow from start to finish though. What I was thinking for this was having 3 pictures done, then slice each picture into 3 and have 1 part on each cover. Something like a character shot, a landscape, and an action shot. I'll explain more about the writing further down. I am hoping to release the first one in the next few months.
3. Collaborating Artist - FOUND
This is only speculation, depending on whether someone wants to do it. It will not be paid, but I also would not be pushing for time. I am interested in whether anyone would like to turn my writing into a manga. I can have a go at a name if you'd like, but I would rather speak with someone who can take what I have written and imagine it on their own, stretch it out as required, condense it where required, etc. I'll explain the story more in depth in a minute.
4. Collaborating Write/Translator - NOT INTERESTED IN AT MOMENT DUE TO GETTING POINT 3 STARTED
Now, this I am really interested in. I should probably post this in the translator thread as well, so I think I will do that, but I will put it here too.
I'd like to translate this across to Japanese, the same one I have spoken about in 2 and 3. I won't offer any up front/hourly/daily/page payments. I want someone who wants to be part of the work. Bounce ideas off, make changes so that it works in both language equally well, and translate it into Japanese in a way that conveys it correctly, not just word for word. And I am sure that's the kind of translation people want on this website. And by 'equally part of' I mean have both names on the cover, have copyright under both names, make decisions about releasing it together (either trying to a more traditional release or releasing as a self published ebook as I currently plan) and sharing equally anything made from it. If this is the kind of thing that interests you, then speak with me, go ahead.
Anyway, probably should explain the story now, eh?
GEMZ: The Chronicles of Le'Tayah (will change as needed)
You could probably google that and find a sample of what I have written for it. I plan on redoing what I have already done from scratch though, as I have adjusted the story slightly since I wrote that.
About the world:
It is different from ours. I will give a full breakdown to anyone that wishes to collab on this, but I will do a brief one here. It is smaller, it rotates around the sun differently, it's axis of rotation points at the sun so there is no 'night'. There are a lot less people, more like europe sized than world sized. Still, there are a number of our cultures displayed through the different people. Since it spins differently, the back of the world is perpetually cold and dark, whilst the point closest to the sun is scorching hot. 7 towers have been erected, each with a massive crystal on top, 1 at either end and 5 around the equator. Sun goes in the top one, relays to the equatorial ones, then goes into the bottom one where it is dispersed as light and heat to the dark side of the world. Not enough heat to make the snow melt, but enough to make it habitable.
There is more power going into the top crystal than it can disperse and regularly it shoots off energised bits of crystal which land somewhere in the world. These are then used as a power source for everyday life, powering everything from lights, to vehicles to weapons. There is a black market for them, and regulating authority (read - bunch of stuck up pigs) and hunters who look for them. They won't run out of power, but there is a limit to what they can power. They are ranked by a system called Rayz, where the sun is worth 1 million Rayz. Everyday use Gemz usually rank 10 Rayz and lower. There are however 15 special Gemz. 5 of which rank roughly 500 000 Rayz, and 10 whcih rank roughly 250 000 Rayz. These can be explained more if someone wants to do the work.
Not that long ago, I am thinking maybe 6 generations, there was a massive war between the agents of light and the agents of shadow. And during this time the basis for all current technology was produced, the Gemz. Eventually the light won, and the 5 shadow mages were locked within a magic vault under the Darkward Crystal, and the 5 light mages chose to lock themselves within a similar vault at the Sunward Crystal. This brought an end to the war. It also brought an end to magic, though there are still magic relics out there. Magic itself is now banned, what the people of this place generally use are elemental powers which are not considered magic, and magic is manipulating something to be something it should not be.
During this time people who used magic created 2 new races of super humans. Gen'rals and Wyn'drels. Both of these have a symbiote like substance within them that materialises in different ways. For Gen'rals it is as armour, for Wyn'drels it is wings. Since the ban on magic they are hunted down and killed. Through interbreeding and hiding their powers most don't even know they are one or are too weak to use the power.
Everyone uses elements, or has the ability to if they train. It is mainly used in fighting and does not have a major practical use outside of fighting. There are 5 and certain ones are more common. Mixing the elements is strictly banned as the strain on the body will cause it to breakdown, still some attempt it and are hated because of it. The main character comes from the rarest water element.
Each of the towers around the equator is based after an element and is also protected from intrusion by a combination of magic and the elements.
Ok, here comes the complicated part, or maybe after reading the rest you think this will be the easy part.
The basic of it are that the shadow mages are trying to break free, supposedly to continue what they started 6 generations ago. There are 5 good guys and 5 bad guys, each representing the 5 elements and each has each a light or shadow weapon based on the elements (the 10 250K Gemz) which only activates when held by the person it has chosen.
The story starts with one of the those 500K Gemz being taken from it's resting place in the Earth tower, causing the 'Clock Line' to collapse (the line joining the top and bottom crystals) and a transport ship using the line as energy crashes to the ground. It is here that we meet 2 of the protagonists and 1 antagonist, then progress from there. The antagonist knows what he is, but the protagonists do not. It is also the start of a kind of love triangle I want to bring into the story between the three.
The first set will be based around Water, then Nature, then Earth, then Wind and finally Fire. I know this bit sounds similar to Avatar, but I am not planning on calling them "Book of Fire" or anything, just having the story based mostly around the protagonist of that element.
I can go into more depth with the storyline, looking into what happens in future books, if someone wishes to take any of this one.
As stated, PM me or email me if you are at all interested in anything.
Last edited by Ohenoki; June 07, 2014 at 08:57 AM. Reason: closing
just so people are aware, I am still here looking at this. I have someone looking at the 1st bullet point, but anyone is welcome to try it.
Dude respect the idea especially since it looks like you put a lot of work into it I would suggest maybe simplifying it a bit if not then you might need at least 2 writers (unless you are one of them) If you need ideas for it I would suggest checking out the ebook fader it has a few similarities to your synopsis I would use it as a spring board just to get you started a bit
Anyway if you want I could help with the story construction if you'd like
I've spent about 5 years working on the world, and trying to figure out the best way to make the world work with what I had planned. I have started writing the story, I am doing it as a few smaller novels (I plan on having about 15 I think) and have completed the first part at 13K words and am working on the second part. I plan on self publishing the first 2 parts as free ebooks, then increasing the length of the rest of them and probably charging something like $2 for them. I have no problems with ideas for my storyline, and have the broad story planned out, and just need to fine tune it when I start each section. I have written the storyline out in bullet points for the first section (which will contain the first 4 parts) onto 9 pages of my notebook. The 1st part is 13K, the 2nd part will likely be about the same, then I want the 3rd and 4th part to be double this size, and every section after to have parts roughly 40K each.
Considering I am planning on giving it away for free, I am happy to put the 1st part up on here. Let's see if I can add attachments or something... Ok, can't seem to do that. MSG me your email address if you would like to see it. I haven't got a cover up yet, and it is still going through editing, so I haven't published it yet. I won't copy and paste it into here, noone wants to read 13K words on a forum...
Like to point out that it took me a week to write this part. And when I was writing my book I have published I was getting 3-4K a night out, unedited. So I wouldn't have too much trouble keeping up with an artist who was doing this is a side project (I could probably keep up easily for a release a week but I wouldn't expect that fast).
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Believe I have found my artist. We are currently looking at character designs and the first chapter (which I did a very dodgy name for). Might post some up for some feed back at some stage.
This will probably cover me for the book cover for Gemz too, though I would still like to see some other attempts.
Still interested in a cover for my Monok's Bones novel, as found here or here or even here. As stated, I feel that the cover gives off the feel of wolf, but is really lacking any emotion/expression and does not give a fantasy feel. I had 2 people looking into it, 1 has said they will look at something for this week, while the other seems to have given up after a draft only. If you want to have a go, PM or email and we can discuss specifics.
Hey there, I was wondering if I could have a go with the cover (also if so do you only want a wolf on the cover or other things?)
no problems, see the PM I sent you
So looky, we started putting our manga up on Inkblazers
And also got the cover done and self published the first book. Find it free here: