Neil and Terry Hit It Again…
Back in the late 1980s, Neil Gaiman was working on Sandman and Terry Pratchett was doing Discworld books and for some reason they decided to collaborate on a horror comedy novel called Good Omens.
It was first published in 1990 in Great Britain and did really well. Both writers did their own things, many things, along the way after that and then Terry tragically died way too early in 2015.
The book is co-owned by Neil and Terry’s estate.
And then Amazon decided to green light Good Omens in 2019 and Neil went to work on the show writing it.
This last week, through the publishing arm of the Terry Pratchett estate (think indie press), the estate is doing a graphic novel Kickstarter for Good Omens.
And after a few days it has gone past 1.5 million. For a 1990 stand alone novel.
I just wanted to point this out for those of you who still to this day don’t believe your work will last or has any value. On a really goofy book published 33 years ago, there is a television series based on it and now a multi-million dollar kickstarter for a graphic novel from the book.
No matter how silly your work is, no matter how much you just ignore that stand-alone novel you wrote a while back, you just never know when or how your work and that novel will earn for you.
Go ahead, go back in a time machine and ask either Terry or Neil in 1990 if that book would still be making them millions and millions in 2023 by being on a Kickstarter and a Streaming Service. They would laugh and have no idea what a Kickstarter or Streaming Service even was.
And that’s my point. Believe in your own work. Keep it in print and selling. None of us has any idea what is coming down this crazy publishing road.