I’ve been thinking a lot about my fantasy novel WIP lately. The story has grown far beyond the scope of a single book. In fact, I’m pretty sure at this point that it has grown beyond the scope of a trilogy. It has reached such epic proportions, I feel I should stop searching for the end of the journey and instead start looking for a wayside stop with a magnificent view to share with my readers. In short, I am thinking about serializing my story and releasing the first part at some point in the next month or two.
I’ve been chasing this idea around in circles for months. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but there’s this part of me that wonders if the added pressure of a potential readership anxiously awaiting the next installment will push me to get part two ready to publish. I have proven that I am at my most productive when I have hard and fast deadlines to meet. I haven’t missed a deadline yet.
Here’s my thinking:
- I publish Part One of my book (which, with a minimal amount of additional workshopping/editing is almost reader-ready) as an eBook and offer free downloads as often as Kindle will allow it.
- I then set a deadline for finishing and publishing Part Two in a few months. This section is mostly written as well, so it should only take me a little more work than finishing the first part.
- I set subsequent deadlines for each of the upcoming parts, building my writing endurance and getting myself into a sustainable writing regimen.
- At some point, I will identify a natural end-point for Book One of the series. When that happens, I will hire a professional editor and a professional cover designer (because I’ll have made that much money by then, right?) to take the first several pieces of my serial and combine them into an omnibus for print.
I have several reasons for wanting to do this; the least of which is my need for deadlines and instant gratification. One of the biggest reasons is that I simply love the idea of having real readers read the individual sections as they come out and let me know what they think so I can incorporate their ideas into future iterations. In fact, I think I will include a section at the end of each part with instructions for contacting me with feedback and ideas. If your ideas make it into the omnibus, I’ll even include your name in the acknowledgments!
What do you think? Have you read any serialized novels/novellas that made you want to buy the book? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to find out about a free download I’m offering from July 1 – 5. You can get a taste of my novel then and let me know what you think. I especially want to hear your title and cover ideas for Part One of this potential serialized version, which I am tentatively planning to end at the point where M. is saying goodbye to her sister as she floats away down the river. How’s that for a teaser?