Have Questions? Get Answers! Ask the Expert.

Demetri's PictureGood writers, no matter their genre, wear the hat of researcher at one point or another in the writing process.

Research lends credibility, allows your scenes and characters to ring true to the reader, and sparks your imagination as you write. But answers can be elusive and experts are busy and hard to reach. 

Our Ask an Expert campaign puts you in direct contact with an expert. Demetri Capetanopoulos is an expert researcher with vast experience in submarine warfare and technology, military operations and protocol, and military processes. He works as a technology consultant through a private research and development firm, and in addition to research and development, has consulted with the entertainment industry at the highest level. As an author dedicated to technical accuracy, he understands the labor writers put in to ensure their work rings true to readers.

Demetri is available to answer your questions. No question is too complex or too simple—unless the answer’s classified!

Read some of the questions he’s answered here.

Demetri will answer two questions per week. If your question is chosen, your first name and last initial will be listed (no last name). Any other information you have given us will be kept private.

Submit your question by clicking here. You’ll be contacted by a member of the Precise Imagination team within 72 hours, confirming receipt of your question. 

Potential topics include:

  • Research Techniques
  • Military History
  • Military Protocol
  • Military Operations
  • Submarine Warfare
  • Nautical History
  • Nautical Technology

Have questions about asking questions? You can contact the Precise Imagination team here.

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus – Now Available Worldwide

The Nautilus CoverThe Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it on BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

Is there anyone, of any age, who has read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and not sketched their vision of the Nautilus in their imagination or down on paper? For 150 years, the submarine created by Jules Verne has captivated readers and inspired countless interpretations.

Jules Verne was meticulous about incorporating the cutting-edge technology of his time and making reasonable extrapolations. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus takes Jules Verne’s in-text descriptions, paired with extensive research on the technology of the time in which Verne’s iconic book was written, and presents detailed construction plans, design notes, and operational theories based on modern submarine technologies.

The Nautilus is more than just a 19th-century mechanical marvel. She has always represented the ultimate technological triumph over nature, a symbol of mankind’s mastery of our domain, and the human desire to explore the unknown.

“The Design and Construction of the Nautilus is the most technically accurate compendium of Nautilus re-imagining I’ve ever seen,” Emily Hitchcock, CEO of Boyle and Dalton, said. “A perfect synthesis of imagination and engineering, this book contains historical references, expert submarine knowledge, blueprints to pore over, and a solid dash of adventurism. A must for any true Verne fan.”

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.