If you follow any of the blog posts about publishing today, you know that times are a-changin’. With the introduction of POD (print-on-demand) printing technology and eBooks (electronic versions of books in whatever format – .mobi, .pdf, kindle, etc.), the traditional printing paradigm in shifting…to the past.
I think not.
When I first conceived of writing seven (friggin’) stories based on the seven deadly sins, I thought the tales would be short and punchy. Not quite as concise as a short story (usually less than 20,000 words), but not as long as a novel (usually more than 75,000 words). I envisioned novella length stories that I could write quickly while learning the craft of writing.
Anyway, while researching the idea, I soon found out that traditional publishers didn’t want anything to do with novellas, so I re-conceived the idea into novel length stories.
And now, self-published Serialized Fiction is all the rage.
Damn it! I’m always behind the curve.
Well, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that serialized fiction is gaining popularity, because what are all those genre series about anyway? All those book trilogies are like Americans after decades at the Chinese buffet trough – fat.
With eBooks becoming as ubiquitous as real books and with our collective attention span becoming the inverse of our waistline, shorter serialized tales have gained popularity.
Yet another decision to make, folks. Once one is ready to publish, should one break that novel up into manageable bite sizes?
To chunk or not to chunk, that is the question.
I don’t know the answer, but as writers, we should be aware of all the different ways readers might consume our stories.
Until later, remember to chew.
- Guest post by David Wright – Serialization: A Timely Return for the Digital Age? (davidgaughran.wordpress.com)