So while Relics makes the rounds with some readers to find out what kinks need to be worked on, I’m also working on a science fiction novel based on the Elite: Dangerous universe.
On the one hand this could be seen just as fanfiction, and on a certain level it is. After all, I’ve written three novellas set in the universe before. So what makes this different?
Well, first off I’m writing it with an eye for publication. My fanfic books before were more like writing exercises, told from first person perspective, and was more like a collection of journal entries. This time I have a singular plot to focus on and guide events.
Secondly, I’m hoping to get a licence from Frontier Development so that this will be official. That opens up marketing possibilities quite a bit, being officially endorsed and advertised by Frontier’s team and others.
Right now the license isn’t open as far as I know. They had an initial round of them offered during the kickstarter campaign, but no more since then. But it’s my hope that something happens later this year and I want to be ready with my submission when it does.
So why write in someone else’s playground and not create my own? Well, for one thing, I already love the universe. While not as fleshed out as Star Wars or Star Trek or Babylon 5, it does inhabit a similar place in my heart, and I always wanted to write a novel for those franchises as well. This would be right up there with them, for me at any rate.
Elite has a very large fanbase, and so anything I wrote for them would hopefully lead readers to my other works as well. As the saying goes, the best thing that sells an old novel is to publish a new one.
The fact I’ve already written stories in this genre earlier can work in my favor, too. If the new book gets accepted, I could go back and polish/edit/rewrite the previous ones to be consistent with the universe and act as backstory for this new one. Might even collect them together and offer them for the Kindle, who knows?