Mars: The Golden Age(Week 7-9 Update)

 

We slacked off and neglected to post an update for a few weeks. On the bright side, we managed to make great progress over the past three weeks and are now to the point that we need to make final decisions on several items. Most of the decisions regard extras we have considered including with the book. However, it seems that we will not be able to include many of those extras, so it is not really decisions we need to make, but finally accept that staying on schedule and on budget means we will not be able to incorporate as many ideas as we originally wanted.

We are passing on the full pulp magazine layout because of budget limitations. This would involve more illustrations and “vintage” style pulp magazine ads to act as fillers for empty space. We opted to go with a mixed format. The print size will be typical of the pulp magazines (7″ x 10″ and roughly 150 pages) but will be laid out as a traditional novel.

 

 

Our progress so far:

Choose Stories (Ahead of Schedule)

  • 100% Complete

Research (Way Behind Schedule)

  • 70% Complete
  • Trouble finding info on some authors.

Editing (Ahead of Schedule)

  • 100% Complete 1st round
  • 100% Complete 2nd round
  • 0% Complete 3rd round
    • Final editing QA

Interior Layout (Ahead of Schedule)

  • 75% Complete Print
  • 40% Complete E-book

Exterior Layout (Behind Schedule)

  • 30% Complete
    • Have started developing concepts for the cover.

Extras (Behind Schedule)

  • 0% Complete
    • Pulp-style print format
      • Mixed. Went with a 7×10 pulp size but decided against the two column print layout.
    • Illustrations
      • Our budget will not allow for the quality illustrations we would like.
    • E-book extras
      • Stories not included in the print version.

Mars: The Golden Age (Week6 Update)

Extra, Extra!

We are at the point we need to start thinking about the extras for both the print and electronic versions of Mars: The Golden Age.

Some of the extra items we are considering

More Stories
We have already decided that we will include a few extra stories as an addendum in the e-book version. These will be stories that nearly made it into the final print version. More stories in the print version would increase the cost, which we are hoping to keep down.

Illustrations
Giving each story one or more illustrations would be great. However this will likely push us over our budget. If we cannot find the means to include illustrations, we will likely not be able to layout the final product as if it were an old pulp magazine.

Pulp Magazine Layout
We really want to do this for the print version. We have proposed ideas that include illustrations, old advertisements, and other filler items you would find in a two column pulp magazine. The biggest obstacle to this is our budget, and at the moment this is not looking like it will be possible.

 Our progress so far:

Choose Stories (Ahead of Schedule)

  • 100% Complete

Research (Behind Schedule)

  • 50% Complete
  • Trouble finding info on some authors.

Editing (On Schedule)

  • 100% Complete 1st round
  • 40% Complete 2nd round
    • Includes some interior layout items such as consistent font types
    • Content editing, if necessary
    • Consistent formatting of special items such as em dashes and ellipses.
  • 0% Complete 3rd round
    • Final editing QA

Interior Layout (On Schedule)

  • 20% Complete Print
  • 0% Complete E-book

Exterior Layout (Behind Schedule)

  • 0% Complete

Extras (Behind Schedule)

  • 0% Complete
    • Pulp-style print format?
    • Illustrations?
    • E-book version extras

Mars: The Golden Age(Week5 Update)

Another slow week. Nothing spectacularly brilliant or woefully horrendous to report other than we pretty much slacked off this week. New week resolution: Do more work and don’t slack off.

 

Our progress so far:

Choose Stories (Ahead of Schedule)

  • 100% Complete

Research (Behind Schedule)

  • 50% Complete

Editing (On Schedule)

  • 100% Complete 1st round
  • 25% Complete 2nd round
    • Includes some interior layout items such as consistent font types
    • Content editing, if necessary
    • Consistent formatting of special items such as em dashes and ellipses.
  • 0% Complete 3rd round
    • Final editing QA

Interior Layout (On Schedule)

  • 15% Complete Print
  • 0% Complete E-book

Exterior Layout (On Schedule)

  • 0% Complete

Extras

  • 0% Complete

Mars: The Golden Age(Week 4 Update)

We made little progress this week, mostly due to getting caught up in little details and revising our QA process. The second round of editing has showed us that our editing and QA checklist is to not as thorough as we believed. So, we ended up editing the editing and QA process, which has become a weird Schrodinger’s Editing and QA.

Does the editing and QA process exist if one is not actively editing or assuring the quality of the process?

Our progress so far:

Choose Stories

  • 95% Complete

Research

  • 50% Complete
  • The right to print all stories has been verified
  • Still attempting to find information on several authors

Editing

  • 95% Complete 1st round
    • Mostly spelling and grammar checking on those stories we have already chosen to  be included
  • 20% Complete 2nd round
    • Includes some interior layout items such as consistent font types
    • Content editing, if necessary
    • Consistent formatting of special items such as em dashes and ellipses.
  • 0% Complete 3rd round
    • Final editing QA

Interior Layout

  • 15% Complete Print
  • 0% Complete E-book

Exterior Layout

  • 0% Complete

Extras

  • 0% Complete

Mars: The Golden Age(Week3 Update)

 

We made more progress this week than we thought. Story choice is pretty much done, which is a week ahead of schedule,  editing is ahead of schedule, and we have started preliminary print layout.

Story choice went much smoother than we anticipated. We decided on 14 of the 32 stories we found, for a total of just over 53K words. There is still one 5.3K word story we are undecided on. It is not a bad story, but we are on the fence about whether or not it fits well with the other 14. We are toying with the idea of including as extras in the E-book version a few of the stories that did not make the final cut. Maybe this one will be included there.

We’ve also tentatively placed each story in one of four categories, which will be sections of the book.

  1. First Contact
    • Stories concerning the first explorations of Mars and/or the first contact with Martians
  2. The Martians
    • Stories about Martians, be they little green men, or genetically engineered.
  3. The Settlers
    • Colonists and tourists fall into this section.
  4. Final Contact
    • Stories of those left behind, lost, or wanting to leave the red planet.

 

 

Our progress so far:

Choose Stories

  • 95% Complete

Research

  • 50% Complete
  • The right to print all stories has been verified
  • Still attempting to find information on several authors

Editing

  • 90% Complete 1st round
    • Mostly spelling and grammar checking on those stories we have already chosen to  be included
  • 10% Complete 2nd round
    • Includes some interior layout items such as consistent font types
    • Content editing, if necessary
    • Consistent formatting of special items such as em dashes and ellipses.
  • 0% Complete 3rd round
    • Final editing QA

Interior Layout

  • 10% Complete Print
  • 0% Complete E-book

Exterior Layout

  • 0% Complete

Extras

  • 0% Complete