Sean Platt and David Wright experiment with free serials online
This is a variation of a model we currently already see in serial fic whereby the complete and final novel is already available at launch for purchase while the free part serializes slowly.
It is also a variation of the webcomic model whereby if someone loves your free read enough (or you) that they will donate/buy the compiled work later.
As such this is a very interesting experiment, indeed, because they are serial celebrities (but with no connection to the rest of the community.)
Still, I hope that they can make some profit off this, if only because if they’re able to wean readers off the idea of needing an Amazon to deliver text to them. One could hope that with this experiment they’re creating new serial readers who will accept fiction delivered a blog.
That said, someone needs to tell them about how webcomics monetize and get them to do sponsored ads. The risk of free online serializing can be mitigated by ad revenue. (More unsolicited free advice from me!)
Startup Plympton acquires DailyLit to deliver serial fiction in a digital age
Interview with Jukepop Serials Founder
It’s not my style to post blogs from people who use it to promote their own serial. That said, when they add information that is currently hard to track down in the wild, I will consider putting up the link. In this case, a Jukepop writer interviewed the JPSerials founder and did a very good job of drawing out information that isn’t currently in the website copy.
JP’s founder claims their site receives 10k visits a month. This sounds plausible, particularly if it’s both readers and voters that are returning.
That said is article copy title really right? Are serials on the rise like a phoenix from the ashes?
The juxtaposition of these three links this week paint an amusing picture of serial fiction that apparently has existed forever at the same time being brand new and experimental.
This isn’t innovation. It’s just better marketing by people with more capital.