Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Serial Book and You!

As an author in today's digital world, it's important to produce new books and short stories on a continual basis. Most readers are voracious, and loyal, and they desire one thing above all, to have their reading needs fed well and often. 

Once upon a time, magazines and newspapers serialized books and short stories for the enjoyment of their subscribers. Once per week or once per month, a new installment was published. Subscribers couldn't wait to receive the paper on their doorstep or the magazine in the mailbox. They simply had to know what the story's characters were up to in the alternate society wherein they existed. Readers are just as eager for the next installment in a continuing storyline today. In fact, the concept is flourishing in another media format , television. Episode by episode, season by season, loyal viewers keep themselves up-to-date with their favorite characters and the stories of their lives.

Today, there are only a handful of publications producing serialized fiction for subscribers, and most of these are monthly or bi-monthly magazines. There are, however, other authors producing serialized fiction for readers, paid either by episode or for an entire series. Serialized stories on television take a breather at season's end so that new episodes can be filmed, leaving viewers waiting and wondering for months as to the outcome of the character they have grown to love or hate, as the case may be. Newspapers, in large part, have abandoned the serialized story due to the amount of print space needed to publish them and the need for print ads that, in addition to subscriptions, help sustain the newspaper.

The digital world makes serialization of stories and books possible again because the electronic 'print platform' is unconfined. There are no maximum page count limitations or text-size restrictions. Likewise, stories serialized in the digital realm are unrestricted in delivery. They can be accessed through e-readers, tablets, laptops, and mobile apps twenty-four hours a day. Delivery is instantaneous. When the author strikes the 'publish' button, the content arrives seconds later in the subscriber's email. And, best of all, the battle for space between the advertising content and the story content is eliminated. They can coexist peacefully. 

Myserialbook.com is designed to provide subscribers with a single serialized book, chapter by chapter, through electronic means on a weekly basis. Each serialized book will cost between $12.00 and $15.00, payable online at the time of subscription. Distributed chapters will be available for reading by subscribers for a period of seven days, accessible from 12:00 a.m. CST each Saturday and expiring at 11:59 p.m. on the following Friday. When the final chapter of the book has expired, the book will be published on Amazon for purchase by non-subscribers. All sales are final after Chapter Two has been delivered.

Stay tuned here for updates as the serialized novel rolls out. Just a hint, though. Readers who enjoy western fiction or frontier stories, should find this first collection of serialized novels interesting. 

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