So. I’m still thinking about serializing the continuation of the Sucks to Be Me series (Sucks to Be Moi). Still waiting to see how the short story goes and what the reception is. So far, 142 people have downloaded it for free from Smashwords and the feedback has been good. Of course, since I have it up there for free, I can’t put it on Amazon (there’s a minimum of 99 cents), which cuts down on how many people see it. And from this weird message I got from Smashwords, I don’t think they approved it for wider distribution onto Barnes & Noble, etc. (apparently, they don’t like serialized fiction?), which is a pain.
As an aside, anyone know of any other places to post short stories that are reputable and also fairly widely used?
I did see an article yesterday about author Omar Tyree who is serializing a novel chapter by chapter. A new chapter will be offered every week for a $1 each or get them all for a $7.95 monthly subscription (with the story being posted over a 3 or 4 month period). I’m curious to see how that will go for him. Of course, he’s been around longer than I have and has 19 books under his belt whereas I only have three (counting Cat Girl’s Day Off coming next year! Woot!). He’s also planning on making tweaks to the story based on reader input, which is something I was planning as well. Heck, a character is based on a fan (Astrid, after she won the contest).
I guess my biggest wonder is whether serialized fiction can work for a teenage audience. I’m not planning on charging for each chapter (was instead thinking of splitting the book into three or four chunks and releasing it that way). So, total charge if you bought all the chunks would be $3 or $4 dollars versus however much Omar’s book winds up at (I’m guessing it’ll be around $30 for his by the end). I also wasn’t planning on posting weekly either, though. Since I’m thinking bigger chunks, it would be some time between each. I dunno. I just really dunno what is best or what will actually work and be worthwhile to do (for me and for readers). Sigh.
At any rate, on other things…the designer at my publisher is starting on the Cat Girl book, which I am super excited about. I can’t wait to see what they do. And The Max is at school and I’ve got some writing time. Which I should probably stop taking up by blogging…erm. So, ah, off to write!
(on the darker YA Not-So-Secret-Sekrit Project, if you were wondering)