I love cereal. It’s my comfort food. Show me a box of cereal and I will show you how fast I can empty it.
But today I’m curious what you think about SERIALS.
When I was in college, I watched Days of Our Lives because…well, because it was on. (Loved Bo and Hope, hated John and Marlena.) But I watched it regularly because of the cliff-hangers and the fact that it picked up every day where we left off the previous days. There was an immediate push forward in the story, no matter how ridiculous the story was. (Marlena possessed??? SERIOUSLY???) I was hooked.
And so now, in the immediate digital age, I’m thinking about serial fiction. I know Stephen King did it with The Green Mile and I know there are a few others trying it, too. I can’t understand why this hasn’t taken off.
For this reason: nearly every day for the last two months, I’ve gotten an email or blog comment, begging for the next Noah book and/or Joe book. The small readership that I’ve created wants more, which is an incredibly gratifying feeling – thank you for letting me know. It helps more than you know.
But it takes time to write a story, even when I’m a pretty fast writer. I’m about 100 pages into the next Noah book, a little less than that on the Joe book and I’ve got several other things in different stages of completion. It’s gonna take a little bit of time to get them up. But there’s this part of me that thinks I should break them up into smaller chunks and publish them as serials – maybe every two weeks or something like that. Everyone wins. I get my work out there, reader demand is met and we don’t have to watch Days of Our Lives to get our serial fix. I know that for me, there are definitely authors I read where this would totally appeal to me. Because I HATE waiting a year in between books and if I could have their work to read on a regular basis, I’d be thrilled. If I could get several chapters delivered to my Kindle or Kindle app of a story that I was really into, well, that would be pretty awesome.
So here’s what I’m curious about – do serials have any appeal to you as a reader? What structure would appeal to you?
50 pages at a time?
And what would you pay for that?
ONE MILLION DOLLARS?
And if they don’t appeal to you, I’d love to know why. Any thoughts you have on the matter would be much appreciated. I’m not saying I’m going to do this, but I’m intrigued by the idea.
And now I’m going to go write some more…and eat some cereal…