News post – More newspaper serials, chats and more

Just a reminder that this upcoming Sunday 12NoonEST/4pmUTC is the #serialchat on Twitter! If you have yet to sign up for Twitter or don’t get this hashtag business you might want to look at this site.  Also, not too late to sign up for Wesewrimo  at http://www.wesewrimo.org/! 

Another newspaper summer serial

On July 22 Bellingham /Whatcom county launches the  ‘Memories of Light’ serial science-fiction story.

Installments will update every Monday (here) until the story finishes on August 26.   According to the article they ran another serial in 2010 (archived) featuring local settings.  This is, per their copy, their first sci-fi story to focus on a future version of their community. Hope the serialsparks some good discussions within their community.

From the blogs

This week we had a guest blog from CASanders on his own foray from the traditional print model  into serials that included a look at his process.Melanie Edmunds, author of Starwalker, blogged about her approach at her own writer blog.  Both of these authors don’t write episodic installments (rather their work can be compiled and have a strong narrative voice/plot evident throughout).  So I find the commonalities of “having an outline” or “stepping points” interesting.   It seems in line with my own “process” which mainly is to have the main guideposts in place before you wander too far into the story.

One thing also worth noting from CASanders’ blog is addressing the issue of “what brings your reader back” in each update.  It’s not necessary to have “cliffhangers” but it is necessary to spark the curiosity of the reader and raise the “stakes.”  In other words,  the author’s job is create a desire on part of the reader to want to find out what the author and his bag of characters are going to do next.

A webfiction author’s death highlights the hard side of Chinese webfic

China may have a thriving webfiction/web novel phenomenon, but it doesn’t mean payoffs for popular authors. The China Daily article talks about the death of  author “Sollong” and how he struggled to make ends meet in spite of his apparent online success.  This article offers some interesting numbers — suggesting 90 of 100 don’t make a single penny off their online fiction.  Of the remaining 10 – they suggest one can make “enviable salary”, 3-5 can make a wage, and the rest are making pocket money.

Do serials, e-publishing kill your chances at publication?

One of the ever present and recycling questions on the Wattpad forums is one asking if posting on Wattpad means you’ll absolutely take yourself out of eventual eligibility for print publication. Bibliocrunch’s #indiechat hosted Wattpad author Brittany Geragotelis who pretty much proved that isn’t the case. Take a look at some of the press for Brittany and then take a gander at the #indiechat twitter transcript.

Another article this month about Beth Reekles and her Wattpad book going to print also demonstrates that there are sometimes unusual and new paths to publication. The Publisher’s Weekly blog on author Nikki Kelly also shows how enterprising authors can use success on Wattpad to approach agents and publishers.

 

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