In the grand tradition of days gone by (and really because publications like Serial from the creators of This American Life and Wool by Hugh Howey have shown that it can work), I’m considering using a serialized format for the release of two of my three current books.
I want to put the two books through a more traditional (if still freelance) editing process, but I don’t have the money to hire the editors. My thought is to release them in a serialized format (probably eight to ten parts each), and then put any money made towards freelance editors and book-cover-designers. My goal would be to release them starting in March and release every two-ish weeks. So by the end of July they would both be entirely released in the serialized format.
I’ve been working through the first with this goal in mind. It’s a children’s/young-adult fantasy series that follows a ten-year-old named Luther who wakes up in an entirely different world. It’s strange to release even that amount of information because no one (other than my wife) even knows that much.
I would then focus on my second. It’s a young-adult sci-fi series following Cassidy, a thirteen-year-old girl who has an Enhancement (essentially a computer integrated with her body). Again, strange to put that in public.
I don’t want to release my third book in a serialized format. First, I don’t believe it would do very well. Second, it is heavily based on my own experiences and is not as commercially-viable as the first two. It is also the most “grown-up” of the three. It is focused on a few days in the life of a twenty-something bartender. If any of my books will be commercial successes, it will not be this one. It is too dense and depressing. It was also the least-fun to write. I haven’t reread it much. So why write it, you might ask? I don’t know. Because it needed to be written. It needed to be said.
I’m setting myself a goal of March 12 to release the first parts of both my fantasy and sci-fi books in a serialized format. I know what I want the cover to look like for my sci-fi book, and I’ve already made a mock-up. I will obviously need to clean it up before release. But I’m still struggling to come up with a good cover for my fantasy book. The most obvious choice would be to have something cartoon-y. But I’m not crazy about that idea. I like my idea for the sci-fi book cover. It’s clean and intense. But that same idea would not work for the fantasy book. It’s a gentler, more playful book in many ways. I’ll have to keep thinking.
One of my dogs is licking my foot as I write this. She has been annoyed with my purchase of a new desk because there is much less room under it for her to sit. I had a desk unit and conference table in my old rental house, and there was tons of space for her to stretch out and still be at my feet. At this rental? Not so much. She does not approve. She is the most “dog” of my dogs, fulfilling all the classic stereotypes. But I do rent by the water here, which is as glorious as everyone says.
I must stop neglecting my poor blog.
January 11, 2015