So it’s been awhile since any new content went up.
Not exactly true, since there is the Universal Nexus Guide to Everything which has gotten updates, but no new short stories or vignettes. No new notices of anything getting published. No sign that Universal Nexus still lives and breathes. Hell, I’ve hardly ranted about anything lately.
Well, I’m here to say that things are happening.
Shannon has various stories written and is just working on polishing them up. We’re still working on our short story collections book. And, of course, I’m still writing guide entries.
I am not currently writing any Universal Nexus fiction. I’ve got a couple of short stories typed up. One is pending for Asimov to, possibly, publish and the other … I’m still trying to decide what to do with it, but I’ll probably put it on the site as soon as I get around to it being edited.
Instead I’ve been heavily emboiled in my secret project. It’s a book that’s not SF, not Universal Nexus at all, being penned under a pseudonym, and to top it off I’m shopping around for an agent to get it to a major publisher.
Why? Because sometimes the traditional route isn’t so bad. From what I can tell, it is for SF. SciFi especially, and for much of Speculative Fiction there’s just … mess. Agents being too selective, publishers being hardly better, insulting advances (when there’re any at all), poor royalties, poor contract terms, and other mess. That’s not to say you ought not traditionally publish an SF work, but I won’t, not unless I suddenly take leave of my senses and write modern military sci-fi (which I detest). Other genres are other matters. The agents are friendlier, more open, and the publishers a bit more willing to take a chance. And at the end of the day, the pay and contracts are nicer.
I’ve not abandoned UN, but I’m taking a leave from it. I’ve two more books to write, and at any point along the way I could finish Branded or Anastasia’s story, or the Kaelee & Dejah stuff. I’ve several novel ideas for Universal Nexus, but right now just no time or energy for them.
Shannon on the other hand is churning stuff out, slowly but surely. So, just keep your eyes open. Subscribing to universal-nexus.com might help, too. There’s now a news section there.