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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 17 Aug 2015 :  18:58:41  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Aeryn Rudel interviewed me for his blog "Rejectomancy." You can read that here:

http://rejectomancy.com/2015/08/17/ranks-of-the-rejected-richard-lee-byers/

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 19 Aug 2015 21:31:57
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Xar Zarath
Senior Scribe

Malaysia
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Posted - 18 Aug 2015 :  14:32:49  Show Profile Send Xar Zarath a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Mr Byers. Will there be another Brotherhood of the Griffon book anytime soon? Due to the events of Prophet of the Dead, I know that there will a quest to undo Jhesrhi's condition, so what else are you planning?

Everything ends where it begins. Period.



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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2015 :  13:57:59  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Xar. Unfortunately, I do not have a contract to do any more Forgotten Realms novels. The publisher knows I'm interested, so the ball's in their court. They will either ask or they won't.

Meanwhile, I hope readers who enjoyed my work in the Realms will check out my other projects like my forthcoming trilogy of Iron Kingdoms novels.
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Veritas
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Posted - 19 Aug 2015 :  15:22:12  Show Profile  Visit Veritas's Homepage Send Veritas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

SCHRODINGERíS D&D/FORGOTTEN REALMS MOVIE

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The movie will perform terribly. I suspect almost everyone feels that deep in their hearts.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 19 Aug 2015 :  17:50:08  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Veritas

quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

SCHRODINGERíS D&D/FORGOTTEN REALMS MOVIE

* * *



The movie will perform terribly. I suspect almost everyone feels that deep in their hearts.




Not I. I reserve judgement for when I have solid information on something. So I'm not judging the movie until I've seen trailers, at the very least.

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Rymac
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Posted - 19 Aug 2015 :  19:22:31  Show Profile  Visit Rymac's Homepage Send Rymac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Veritas

The movie will perform terribly. I suspect almost everyone feels that deep in their hearts.




I'm with Wooly. It's way to early to judge the outcome. When we learn (if it ever gets that far) who (or whom) is chosen to produce it and who will direct it, that will give us better insight.

As an example, who would have thought five years ago that Guardians of the Galaxy would be made, let alone be a huge success? Yea, other Marvel movies paved the way, but they were more conventional superhero stories. In the same manner, we've seen The Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit films, some of the Chronicles of Narnia books as films.

If there is a good script, and good crew and cast, and the money is spent wisely, a Forgotten Realms movie could blow people away.
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Bruce Donohue
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Canada
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Posted - 23 Aug 2015 :  10:29:08  Show Profile  Send Bruce Donohue a Yahoo! Message Send Bruce Donohue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Richard,

I read your highlighted article from Rejectomy. It gave a good perspective on the rejection process. Can you give us a clue on an acceptance letter looks like and then the process it undertakes from that point until publication? As well from those that you have been accepted and given the green light to complete, what do you think some of the key elements were that made in such a success to go forward? Do certain points have a basic commonality that you have noticed in so much as in similarities as those that get rejected? How do you make a first draft so clean?
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Hippo
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USA
16 Posts

Posted - 05 Sep 2015 :  18:42:14  Show Profile Send Hippo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

my forthcoming trilogy of Iron Kingdoms novels.



Holy smokes! Any chance you can hint at which faction(s) will be playing a big part in the books?!

Also Hello!

I was also curious if you play any IKRPG or WarmaHordes yourself?

Did you know your website link in your profile links to your old website which links to a weight loss and cellulite website?

Thanks!

Edit to include last two questions.

Edited by - Hippo on 05 Sep 2015 20:04:13
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Veritas
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Posted - 14 Sep 2015 :  19:28:17  Show Profile  Visit Veritas's Homepage Send Veritas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Richard,

Szass Tam has been on my mind lately and I recalled how you wrote him as believing himself to be the world's most powerful wizard. Granted Tam is exceptionally mighty and may well have reason to believe he could defeat his famous peers like the Simbul, Khelben, Elminster or even possibly Telamont Tanthul. Tam, however, had been recorded as having met with Larloch and had been terrified by the Netherese Archwizard at the time. I somehow doubt that he believed his personal might outstripped Larloch at any point, at least prior to his intended ascension. He didn't become one of the mightiest wizards on Faerun by making a career of overestimating himself. I was curious if you recall your thoughts when you were writing him up that way. Did he really believe he was unmatched or was that more of a writing device to show the reader how far he outclassed any of the zulkirs and other characters in the story?

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2015 :  21:46:12  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bruce: Acceptance letters typically just say the editor liked your story and wants to buy it. In the case of a novel, there will then typically be an offer of terms and some sort of contract negotiation. Then, if you sold on proposal, you will have to write the remainder of the novel. If you wrote the whole thing prior to selling, then obviously that bit of work is already done. Either way, the editor will almost certainly give you suggestions for revisions, and you will then rewrite. At some point after that, you should see a the copyedited "final" version of the story to go over and make sure all the copyeditor's changes are acceptable and to give you once more chance to catch fiddly little errors.

When you sell a short story, it's a simplified version of the same process. There typically won't have to be a contract negotiation. You knew what terms were offered before you submitted, and it's a take-it-or-leave-it situation. You rarely sell on proposal. You may conceivably pitch your idea in certain situations, but you will almost always have to write the whole story before an editor gives you a definite yes or no. It is less likely that the editor will request a big revision and more likely that he won't ask for one at all.

I'm not sure I know how to answer your question about why some stories get accepted and some rejected. Obviously, some of the ones that get rejected are bad, but you don't need me to tell you that. Beyond that, I would say that writers who get accepted pay attention to the guidelines and are persistent and professional about submitting their work. If you're reading Aeryn's blog, it's the same stuff he's talking about.

My submissions tend to be pretty clean because I go over them a bunch of times revising and polishing. I wish I had the gift for turning out a publishable story on the first try, but I don't.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2015 :  21:51:10  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hippo: My Iron Kingdoms trilogy continues the adventures of the Black River Irregulars, who have already starred in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. If you're interested, you can find that here:

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Corvis-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B00NX4E94S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442263616&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+in+corvis

I must admit that I have not yet played the games myself.

Yes, I do know that my old website address got appropriated. I could probably ransom it back, but what with all the opportunities to promote oneself on social media, I don't feel a huge need to have my own website at present, and of course when I do, I can just create one under a different address.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2015 :  22:00:50  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Veritas: It's been a while since I wrote Szass Tam, but I don't think I ever said that he believed he was the most powerful wizard in the Realms. As I envision him, he would not believe such a thing if it were not in fact true. He's a different kind of crazy.

I did depict him as believing himself superior to the other zulkirs and everybody else who comes onstage during the course of my trilogy. I thought the material I consulted prior to writing the novels supported such a portrayal. And as you see, in my story he pretty much turns out to be right.
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Hippo
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USA
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Posted - 15 Sep 2015 :  01:19:34  Show Profile Send Hippo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Hippo: My Iron Kingdoms trilogy continues the adventures of the Black River Irregulars, who have already starred in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. If you're interested, you can find that here:

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Corvis-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B00NX4E94S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442263616&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+in+corvis




And purchased! Fantastic to learn that you have a hand in Warmachine now.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2015 :  20:39:52  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Philip Athans discusses prologues. I contributed my thoughts to the conversation.

https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/dont-be-hatin-on-prologues/

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 15 Sep 2015 20:40:30
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 05 Oct 2015 :  17:04:01  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS VOLUME 2 is available now as an eBook (paperback coming next year)! This is a new Lovecraftian anthology edited by Kat Rocha and full of stories by great Mythos writers like Laird Barron and Orrin Grey, plus you get something new from me. If you're interested, you can check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Abyss-horrors-that-shall-ebook/dp/B0165N1WRU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1444060196&sr=1-2-fkmr1&keywords=whispers+from+the+abyss+volume+2

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 05 Oct 2015 17:05:49
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 18 Oct 2015 :  20:39:24  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The eBook edition of THE BARD'S TALE is now available! (I believe the print edition will follow shortly.) This is an anthology of fantasy stories focused on bards, edited by Daniel Myers (who also provides authentic medieval recipes) and with terrific stories by Ed Greenwood, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Rosemary Jones, Donald J. Bingle, Gabrielle Harbowy, Kelly Swails, Brian Pettera, and a number of others. Plus, you get a new story from me about my character Selden the fencing master and part-time sword for hire. Check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/Bards-Tale-Stories-Recipes-Dragon-ebook/dp/B015X3VNFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445196084&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bard%27s+tale+daniel+myers

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 18 Oct 2015 20:40:50
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2015 :  22:57:15  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In Episode 28 of the Side Project Podcast, Ed Greenwood, Erik Scott de Bie, and Chris A, Jackson discuss the new Ed Greenwood Group, publisher of new fiction/gaming shared universes, in general and Hellmaw, the urban fantasy/horror milieu that is the first of those settings, in particular. You can listen here:

http://www.sideprojectpodcast.com
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 30 Oct 2015 :  21:27:44  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a new Halloween-themed Lovecraft#8203;ian Cthulhu#8203;ish horror short story available for a paltry ninety-nine cents. If you're interested, it's here:

http://www.amazon.com/Leaves-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B017DS552Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1446239642&sr=1-1&keywords=leaves+richard+lee+byers
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 09 Nov 2015 :  22:58:32  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It has now been determined that my first full-length Iron Kingdoms novel from Privateer Press#8203; will be called BLACK DOGS and that it's coming out in March, 2016.

The book stars the mercenary company the Black River Irregulars who also starred in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. If you missed that one, you can get it here in either eBook or audiobook form. (Unlike the novella, BLACK DOGS will also be available as a paper-and-in book.)

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Corvis-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B00NX4E94S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1447108896&sr=8-1-spell
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 09 Nov 2015 :  23:47:22  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

It has now been determined that my first full-length Iron Kingdoms novel from Privateer Press#8203; will be called BLACK DOGS and that it's coming out in March, 2016.

The book stars the mercenary company the Black River Irregulars who also starred in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. If you missed that one, you can get it here in either eBook or audiobook form. (Unlike the novella, BLACK DOGS will also be available as a paper-and-in book.)

http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Corvis-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B00NX4E94S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1447108896&sr=8-1-spell



Awesome! And it's about time they finally got some more print stuff out there!

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KnightErrantJR
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 10 Nov 2015 :  03:09:00  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Really enjoyed Murder in Corvis, and I have really wanted Privateer to produce some more novel length material. Good news all around!

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 11 Nov 2015 :  14:18:57  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, guys. I'm glad you're interested.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 15 Nov 2015 :  22:00:39  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not sure what happens if someone in the US tries to preorder, but here is the link to the James Bond anthology I have a story in.

http://www.amazon.ca/Licence-Expired-Unauthorized-James-Bond/dp/1771483741/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447624108&sr=8-1&keywords=license+expired
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 16 Nov 2015 :  22:26:39  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now available for preorder: TOMORROW'S CTHULHU. Publication date 12/21/15. I've got a story in it.

http://www.brokeneyebooks.com/store/p25/Tomorrow%27s_Cthulhu%3A_Stories_at_the_Dawn_of_Posthumanity_%28ebook%29.html
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1705 Posts

Posted - 16 Nov 2015 :  22:36:15  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Posthumanity, eh? Looks cool!
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