I’ve been doing a lot of rewrites and adding sections to The Apocalypse Gazette. While it was first started as kind of a silly, fluff story it’s quickly become one of my favorites. It’s still silly but it’s also got a fun voice and personality.
However, there are a couple problems that have been bugging me about what to do with it. I mean, it would be a really fun project to self publish, and that’s the goal, but there are some… logistical issues that are tripping me up the more I think about it.
First, there isn’t really a plot. It’s basically a story about a guy all by himself in a town after the apocalypse going crazy. He has a few minor problems that he has to figure out, the biggest being boredom, but there’s no bad guys, there’s no epic adventure. I mean, it’s all playing off the fact that he’s losing it, a lot of the things that happen aren’t easily distinguishable between reality and his fantasies. Personally, I’m fine with all that because it’s still a really fun story, I don’t feel like anything is missing, but how does one sell a story about a guy slowly going crazy and everything getting weirder and weirder?
Second, and this is arguably the bigger issue, what genre does The Apocalypse Gazette fall into? Ok, fiction, obviously, but beyond that I’m not too sure. Humor is probably the closest fit but at the same time that’s a broad category. It’s not romance, fantasy, mystery, horror, science fiction, inspirational, or thriller. It’s… dystopian… apocalyptic… humor?
Well, I suppose if Dystopian-Apocalyptic-Humor is a category on any of the main sites at least my story wouldn’t have much competition.
And, at least I have some time before I have to sort all that out, there’s still plenty of work to be done before I get to publishing.
If any of you have suggestions I would really like to hear them.