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Mirage: The Model

Greetings, dear reader. If you’re reading this, then you probably have at least some interest in my stories, otherwise you’ve accidentally stumbled across this page while aimlessly searching the web. In either case, I’d like to take the opportunity to give a more casual overview of Mirage than is listed over on the main website. I want to explain without feeling the need to impress and speak a little more freely about what I envision for the future.

This is going to be an informal space. I’m not going to put too much effort into these posts, else I’ll never let any of these loose, so please excuse the guerilla-style prose.

Mirage Title

My intention with Mirage is to offer entertaining stories that also provoke the reader to think about themselves and the world around them. They are stories from my heart, some of which have been floating around for a good number of years, and I nest all of them until I’m positive they’re ready to go out into the world. While all the stories under the Mirage banner, for the time being, are independently published, I don’t let them go easily. I’ve educated myself on the rhetoric behind professionally published stories, and with an arsenal of varied beta readers at my disposal, I’m confident I can offer an experience that rivals any publishing house.

Of course, then comes the question, if I have so much faith in my abilities as a writer, why do I not seek out a publisher? The answer is multi-layered:
  • The quickest answer is that I want the freedom to do what I want with the world I’ve created.
  • The slightly longer answer is that I’m not writing a traditional story, the threads weave back and forth through many stories, and it will be a long time before the picture will be clear. Mirage is a risk, one I’m tentative about; one that any publisher would be equally tentative of.
  • The answer I like the most, however, is that we live in the most proactive age the earth has ever seen. We have the technology to publish and market out own stories to an unprecedented audience. This is a gift, and while it’s a task that might prove fruitless for many, I see a new generation of authors breaking away from the mould. The world is being born again, and while the publishing industry lingers in the dust, authors can seek out alternative routes to market their work. It is a rewarding experience, and so far I’ve had a blast.

I also believe the model for publishing needs to change. We’ve already seen this with the advent of online media. Content creators are no longer charging their audience an upfront cost; they offer it for free, with the opportunity for the audience to offer payment if they wish, often with an incentive. I think this is a wonderful model for distribution, one that I am endeavouring to embrace. It leaves a lot to faith, sort of like an honour system, but I believe it can work if an honest effort is implemented at the author’s end.

It’s a long road ahead. I don’t know where I am, but I do know where I’m going, and that is all that ever mattered to anyone worth a damn.

I hope you enjoy Mirage, and if you didn’t already know, the first story, Strife, is available to read over on the Mirage website. It’s a tale of obsession manifest in many forms, and I think it hits close to home for a lot of people.

 

Strife Cover Mark II (FINAL)

The second story will be announced soon. It’s much shorter than Strife, only 5,000 words or so, but I don’t think it will fail to impress. Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for up-to-date information!

And if you’re a fellow independent author, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to see your work.

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