David R. Beshears
Award-winning author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and adventure.
David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.
His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.
David lives in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can usually be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.
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An international presence
I noticed a few years ago that there were as many or more of my books being sold overseas as here in the US, particularly in the UK. After thinking on that at the time, I realized that as I grew up reading British science fiction writers, that my writing style may have been influenced somewhat by those authors, and that perhaps that was what readers overseas were seeing.
Whether that’s the case or not, I continue to see significant international sales, and I've been wondering of late just how easy it is for those folks overseas to find my books.
So the other day I went searching. I focused on the English speaking sites, though I did occasionally stumble onto my books on foreign language websites. That was interesting.
I decided to place here on my author page some of the international Amazon links that I found. Look for them in the "international links" box.
Next I’ll be updating the individual book pages over on
, put direct links to the books on those pages. That's probably going to take a while.
In the meantime, if you’re in Great Britain, Australia, Canada or India, you can find me through the international links here on my author page. Two of them are Amazon author pages, while the others simply list my titles.
Work on the latest project
I’ve been working on a pilot for a television series for a few months now (development title “Miles Bennett”), and have been on it full time since finishing up with Planet of Stones a few weeks ago. This latest project is fantasy with a science fiction foundation, ya’ know, cause I don't do straight fantasy.
So I finished the first draft late last night. My plan is to begin developing a novella adaptation as I work on polishing the pilot script and finalizing the series bible. Depending on the length of the final version of the novella, it may publish through Amazon Kindle Singles, but in any event will be included in Volume 2 of the At Variance collection to publish later this year.
More info here in the coming weeks.
Feedback re Planet of Stones
I recently completed a screenplay called “Planet of Stones”. The idea was to come up with a true science fiction script that involved minimal SFX and characters. I worked on it for several months and completed it a few weeks ago.
I then began looking for critical feedback, and decided to send the screenplay to a coverage service. Here professional readers will review your script and provide analysis on what works and what doesn’t.
I was very pleased with the coverage that came back for “Planet of Stones”. It received high scores in every category with an overall percentile of 94. Only my “Ravenhill Court” screenplay rated higher. It even beat out “KHDZ”. Their suggestions for further improvement are being incorporated.
I adapted the screenplay to novella format, which has been published to ebook and print. While the recommended changes are minor and don’t change the story, at some point I will probably incorporate them into the book, as I like to maintain consistency between my screenplays and their adaptations.
SurveyMonkey survey finishes up
The Reading Habits survey that was running over on Greybeard these last three weeks finished today. Thank you to all who participated, input much appreciated.
To those who entered the 'Thank You' Amazon Giveaway, Amazon will be holding the drawing tomorrow and sending out ebook editions of my Planet of Stones novella to the five winners. I don't believe I'll be told who the winners are, so I'll offer my congratulations here.
Take short survey, enter free drawing
There’s a survey running over on
, would appreciate everyone taking a minute to answer a few questions. It’s only six questions, subject title is ‘reading habits’. It’s running through Survey Monkey, which will tabulate all the responses; all anonymous.
As a thank you, I created an Amazon Giveaway, a drawing for one of five ebook copies of my new Planet of Stones novella. The link is on the
. Amazon will draw the winners on March 25.
Planet of Stones Published
Planet of Stones published this week. My latest science fiction novella is available in ebook, print and large print formats on
, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
I’ll begin accepting auditions for the audiobook narration sometime in March, will be posting the audition call on the ACX website.
I’m really excited about this project. The story is unique and I had a lot of fun writing it (think old scifi movie...).
Go to the Planet of Stones book page on greybeard for info and links.