The last few years I’ve been gravitating more toward shorter fiction. With a busy schedule and my habit of reading every book I read to completion, the shorter work feeds my reading addiction for the day but also allows me to do the other things I need to get done daily. Most the books this month are serial fiction of novella or short story length.
Ripple Effect: Episode 1 & Episode 2 (A Dark Hitman Erotic Romance Series) by Keri Lake
I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two books in the series, but I do plan to finish this 4 part series. Now a moment of warning, these novellas are a little more on the darker side of life and have an unrepentant hitman as the hero…anti-hero? who is in lust with the heroine who hasn’t had the easiest life.
Anyhoo, while I found the excerpt on these books interesting and different, I bought them mostly for research for a character I’m working on and research on serial fiction. And while I still find the characters fascinating and would love to pick the brains of the author who wrote them (albeit not literally pick her brains because that would be gross and bloody), I would not suggest these books to everyone because like I stated above they are very dark, both in characters and in themes.
I occasionally enjoy darker fiction, but I’m more interested in the changes happening in the two characters and wondering where the story is taking me. Although I do have an inkling, I really want to see if I’m right about it or if Keri is going to throw me another strange twist.
If you are a frequent visitor to this site you may have noticed that I’m on a serial fiction kick lately. The biggest reason is that I want to experiment with the medium because as a reader it’s the type of books I like to read and as a writer I have hundreds of ideas roaming around my head and not enough time to write them. I’m also a writer who loses interest in a book if I have finished it within a month or two.
How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish it in Less Than 24 Hours is one of two books on the subject of writing serial fiction that I picked up last month. Now if you are interested in writing serial fiction and willing to part with your money, then I would suggest this for the fundamentals on writing serial fiction that it has, but if not you can find a lot of the same information in this book online.
Just steer clear of anyone who suggests chopping a novel into smaller chucks. True serial fiction is where each book tells it’s own story, novel chapters have a hard time doing and your readers will feel cheated if you do this.
The Debt Collector (Season One) by Susan Kaye Quinn
I ran across this serial while researching how authors write serial fiction. These are 9 short stories about a debt collector who collects debts in the life energy of the people he is sent after.
It was really interesting to see the change in the main charter Lirium as he comes out of his selfish world to help those who can’t fight back and moral dilemma of a world where “your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.”
I’m looking forward to reading the second season. 😀
Writing Serial Fiction in the Real World: A Simple, Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Writing & Publishing Episodic eBooks for Profit on Amazon (Book 5) by Robert C. Worstell
This is not a bad book on writing serial fiction but it was kinda bare bones advice. The bulk of the book was about publishing to market and making a profit from writing serial fiction. At this point I didn’t find the information that helpful because I have no intentions of writing to market. I’m writing for myself and hoping that by sharing the stories that others might like my stories as well.
That said, there was some great advice in the book about creating a publishing schedule and promotion that I plan to use later.
This year one of my goals is to read at least 50 fiction books & 5 non-fiction books. So far I have:
January 2017: I read 5 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
February 2017: I read 7 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.
March 2017: I read 12 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
April 2017: I read 11 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.
Total Fiction read this Year: 35 books.
Total Non-Fiction read this Year: 6 books.
I hope you had a happy April and wishing you a better May!