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I am publishing my novel about Seasteading and I want to share it with you!

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  • #1670
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    JimWestfield
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    Greetings –

    I’m going to start this off short and sweet but you should be aware that I’ve written a novel about seasteading and I’m in the process of publishing it. In fact, I’m working to generate some content for seasteading.org since they’ve put a call out for stories about seasteading and the future.

    The novel itself is called “Flotilla” and I’ve got online presences for it here: (http://www.flotillaonline.com) and here (http://www.facebook.com/flotillaonline). I’m really excited to share this with you – what would you like to know about it?

    Cheers,

    J

    #15934

    Hello Jim

    What Seasteading needs is inspiration and finance – my personal seasteading vision and expectations of the futrure is along the following axes:

    The catamaran float / The plate float out / The real estate squaremeter deal / The Captain Nemo float out / The bubble hotel / The current turbine / Breakwater lagoon marina / Oceanic port city design /

    It will be something sparse connected, modular, built in concrete / steel, not far away from what we see in engineering today, affordable to average Joe, in cost per squaremeter / cubic meter living space…

    The nearest thing that is out there already, are Moken, Uru, Nkossa, Monaco breakwater, Troll A, Adriatic LNG, Palm Dubai and that kind of projects. – but that is just one opinion…

    Key themes in Engineering discussed in the last 2 years:

    Adriatic LNG / floating concrete structures / build south america / module standardisation / light inside / The first Seasteading Solutions / Floating marina development / Houseboats lagoon design / module size / minimum size / growth rate / foto update / testing out / Beakwater design-U shape / Building small start up units key / submerged vs surface float / grid platfroms / lack of concrete ships / Structure building cost compare / multihull flat float / bubble living space / competivity for seasteaders / economy on the oceans whales / CDI glomar beaufort / floating concrete structures business deep water access / module size sweetspots / hardening houseboats ring structures / Monaco Breakwater / loose raft up marina / connections / breakwater / breakwater rethink / structure cost / small concrete shell seastead / Evolution after Nkossa / concrete flat raft mastering high seas / industry float out / keep simple / connections / station keeping / wind profile / Plate Basics / Mobile Marina Seastead Hybrid / submerged / plate rol models / transparency / fishfarming / sub connect /Submerged living space exists / ean-capeable-living-space-bubble#comment-13879">Avoid wave hazards / Rion-Antirion Pylon / Ecofisk Tank / avoid surface /stationary submerged structures / minimum budget for a project / start seasteading issues / pilot project implementation / submerged seastead design/ facility cost / start up sizes / spiral island / flat raft sea behavior / floating marina development / start near city center / float and business / where seasteading application stands / venture capital handling / no second life for steel ships / concrete structures at sea / do business / minimum starting unit / finance group dynamics / funding model incorporate 5000/month / moving heavy structures / avoid third party / magellan network / project stoppers minor issues / blending in to local practice / floating culture and lifesyle / steer a small project trough starting phase / discussion is over testing is up / minimum start up site key west / pilot project log float / hardening housboat structures / project group vs single investor / enclose living space in a economic way practical test / general design aproach testing out / freeboard height of a plate seastead / hurricane strategy / catamaran floating structure / cost of building and floating out 20m structures / testrun a 20m cube / existing ship size floating resort in steel /

    I have not given a lot of thought to the non-engineering part like social and political developments that come up when seasteading gets implemented – it will be up to your novel to give a picture on that…

    Wil

    concretesubmarine.com

    #15936
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    JimWestfield
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    Hello Jim

    It will be something sparse connected, modular, built in concrete / steel, not far away from what we see in engineering today, affordable to average Joe, in cost per squaremeter / cubic meter living space…

    The nearest thing that is out there already, are Moken, Uru, Nkossa, Monaco breakwater, Troll A, Adriatic LNG, Palm Dubai and that kind of projects. – but that is just one opinion…

    I have not given a lot of thought to the non-engineering part like social and political developments that come up when seasteading gets implemented – it will be up to your novel to give a picture on that…

    Wil

    I guess I came to the right place, then. :)

    #15940
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    SimianAngel
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    Are you totally finished writing it? When you get it publised I would love to buy a copy. Can’t wait to read it! Is this a first of a trilogy, with more books comming in the future, or are you gaoing to see how it goes before considering writing more? Once again I cannot wait!

    left my wallet on Enceladus.

    #15945
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    JimWestfield
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    Yup – absolutely finished writing it – we’re launching the e-book on 11/25 to Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. To answer your question(s), yes I would like to do it as a series and I definitely have enough material for 3 or 4 books but I am going to wait to see how things go first. :)

    I’m glad you’re excited – I’ve learned a lot about the seasteading, mariculture, the process of writing and getting published – it’s been a crazy ride.

    Cheers,

    J

    #15951
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    elspru
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    JimWestfield wrote:

    Yup – absolutely finished writing it – we’re launching the e-book on 11/25 to Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. To answer your question(s), yes I would like to do it as a series and I definitely have enough material for 3 or 4 books but I am going to wait to see how things go first. :)

    Congratulations! I’d love to see a book where people are moving towards Seasteading.

    In your book, at leas the summary I read, they characters are running away from Seasteading :-S.

    Oh but there is nothing to come back to.. Ah yes.. perhaps they’ll move back towards Seasteading, hmmm well guess it should be fun.

    My hope with replicating tribes, is that while people could leave, they’d also have the resources to start their own communities.

    I’m glad you’re excited – I’ve learned a lot about the seasteading, mariculture, the process of writing and getting published – it’s been a crazy ride.

    Cheers,

    Wow interesting :-).

    I wish to publish some books sometime also, though I’m more of a programmer than a writer,

    currentlly am holographically rapid-prototyping, using the Agile development model,

    I’m working on making an operating system, that stores information in the form of books.

    That way they can also be easily printed out for long term record keeping.

    Ya wth the lessons I learn from creating the human speakable programming Language…

    maybe then I could generate books that people would like to read,

    interspersed with valuable life lessons and subliminal messages.

    Hey btw I only pay for physically bound books…

    So is there gonna be a hard or soft cover kinda thing?

    We with You are a Network, our goal to become technologically-enabled reproducible family communities. http://weyounet.info

    #15954
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    JimWestfield
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    elspru wrote:

    Hey btw I only pay for physically bound books…

    So is there gonna be a hard or soft cover kinda thing?

    Funny you should ask. :)

    I didn’t know how much people wanted to hear about publishing but I do have a plan for making Flotilla into a physically-bound book. Maybe this will change your mind about e-books.

    Since I’m not going the traditional route of agent > publishing deal > release, I had to think creatively about how I would get the book to be sold. Lots of authors will tell you that self-publishing is death because it sounds so much like a vanity project. There are also a lot of businesses out there who will publish your book *just* so you can say you have been published – it get’s really weird and convoluted – frankly, I’ve learned more about getting published than I ever wanted to know.

    At the same time, e-book platforms are making the old publishing model something of a dinosaur. First-time authors, unknown authors, are starting to sell hundreds of thousands of their books on Amazon and Kindle simply and easily. Their success is actually causing them to get traditional publishing deals and it helps underscore what the real issue for book publishing is: nobody wants to bet on a first-timer unless they *know* the book will sell. There’s no better way to do that than demonstrate that the book has legs by selling it on an e-book platform and translating that success over to publishing the hard-copy edition. BTW, I’m like you – I like books I can touch. :)

    The plan is to sell Flotilla on e-book beginning 11/25 and then, if we sell enough copies, use that to fund getting published – I’m in the process of talking with several small presses about a hard-copy edition and it has always been my intention to get Flotilla printed and then do a book tour. Based on the response I’m getting over at the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/flotillaonline), my book tour could easily include Europe and Southeast Asia. If I can convince people like yourself to support the book and help get the word out (this is 100% grass-roots, word-of-mouth advertising) then you help me turn this story into a traditional book that I can then take on a road trip all across the country to places that would love to learn more about Seasteading and mariculture.

    The good news about all of this is that the model of publishing I’m working with is closer to the spirit of Seasteading than the more traditional route. As with Seasteading – I’m doing it myself, I’m solving my problems on my own, people are cooperating with me to make things work … this is all very off-the-grid and non-corporate. I’m being very Darwinian about letting my project have its day in the sun and even big-time authors are excited about it.

    How does that sound to you?

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    There’s also print on demand (POD) like Lightening. You just upload a PDF to the POD service along with cover art in TIFF format. This way, those who want a physical copy can order one. The author and book stores can also order multiple copies at a discount.

    A publisher publishes the book, a printer prints the book, a bookstore stores the book, and it’s up to the author to sell the book anyway, so having a publisher doesn’t really seem to do anything for a new author anyway, other than collect most of the sale price of the book. Very good freelance editors are available for $25 per hour and well worth it. They can go through a whole book in a day, about $200. Personally, I’m glad to see the decline of yet another class of gatekeeper, the publisher, thanks to the internet.

    I’ve worked with Adobe In-Design for desktop publishing, but Openoffice( free) or Microsoft Turd are quite capable now for large documents. In-Design has more of a learning curve but has nice control over page layout and CMYK. CMYK is not needed for POD since it uses RGB images and PDF files anyway.

    #15967
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    elspru
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    So how much is the ebook gonna be?

    admiral wrote:

    There’s also print on demand (POD) like Lightening. You just upload a PDF to the POD service along with cover art in TIFF format. This way, those who want a physical copy can order one. The author and book stores can also order multiple copies at a discount.

    oh ya, I stumbleuponed such a website also, that makes hard cover books starting at 6$

    http://landing.blurb.com/DR2disCA-hrc?ce=ca_display_mi&utm_source=Q42011&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=msmith_media

    Another option is to get a laser printer and simply bind the books yourself, for even more savings.

    I bind my own books also :-). So far I’ve only bound 1 book, my journal, but it was fun :-), and I still use it, since it has 256 double-sided pages.

    We with You are a Network, our goal to become technologically-enabled reproducible family communities. http://weyounet.info

    #15968
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    JimWestfield
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    Good points, gents –

    The jury is still out as far as price-point for the e-book. As far as Print on Demand and self-binding – uhh … I’m thinking a little bigger. :)

    I’ve reached out to a number of small presses but I’ve also included people like MacMillan/Webster. I want to be in the story-telling business, not the bookbinding business. I don’t plan on wearing out my printer making copies for sale – I’d lose money on every book I make. Lighning’s $6/unit price is interesting, too but I and my PR guy are gearing up for something like a full, traditional book press run with people like Barnes & Noble. I think it would be fun, instructive and useful to go through the process ourselves.

    Right now I’m looking at the press and media campaigns – would either of you have contacts at NPR or your local newspaper for book reviews? I’ve reached out to some national outlets but if you can steer us to a reporter or book reviewer, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Best,

    J

    #15999
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    JimWestfield
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    Quick update – I’m negotiating with a number of media outlets to get coverage for the novel. In the meantime, please enjoy the test book cover we’ve developed. Tell me what you think!

    #16062
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    Quick Update: I’m submitting a stack of press releases out for the novel release on 11/25. I’ve also got a local artist painting a ‘Special Edition’ cover and you can see him working on it in this slideshow:

    http://flotillaonline.com/?p=1019

    I’m researching newspapers to submit press releases, offers of review and offers of interview to – which paper would you like to see a Seasteading story show up in?

    #16065
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    lietosanabaltija
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    Good stuff Daniel, the seasteading concept alone tickles the mind as a surrounding to be explored, like it did in the Splash Damage video game BRINK earlier this year.

    I read from the official Flotilla website that William Gibson is one of your inspirations. He’s one of my favorite author’s too (Neuromancer is superb), and I’d love to see that style of writing applied to a seasteading concept novel.

    #16068
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    Good stuff Daniel, the seasteading concept alone tickles the mind as a surrounding to be explored, like it did in the Splash Damage video game BRINK earlier this year.

    I read from the official Flotilla website that William Gibson is one of your inspirations. He’s one of my favorite author’s too (Neuromancer is superb), and I’d love to see that style of writing applied to a seasteading concept novel.

    Ha! Guess what I just got done re-reading …

    W.Gibson is indeed one of my influences. I love how he can describe a scene so clearly that you can chew on the details again and again and again. I even came up wtih a recipe from ‘Count Zero’ that I hide in Flotilla (Crack tortilla chips and fry in oil, pour eggs and other omlette fixins over the top and cook until done – then enjoy) like an Easter Egg. I wanted you to be able to see my scenes as clearly … keep an eye peeled for that. I loved the ideas in Brink but you should now that my vision is just a little bit different.

    #16122
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    Quick update – my Facebook page passed 1,000 Likes tonight! I’m very excited and flattered – so many people from all over the world are connecting with Flotilla and seasteading.

    http://www.facebook.com/flotillaonline

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