A New Breath of Life for Serial Novels

A good friend of mine introduced me to a website called http://www.jukepopserials.com, a place that brings writers and readers together to enjoy the once popular publishing format of the serial novel. Made famous in 1836 by Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers, a serial novel is (generally speaking) the controlled release of a chapter/installment at a time to the public. This is predominately performed during the composition phase where the writer finishes a chapter and publishes it, finishes another chapter and publishes it, as opposed to completing an entire novel and releasing it a chapter at a time. Often times, the readers provide feedback to the author. Charles Dickens was known to factor in that feedback when writing his subsequent installments.

JukePop Serials is bringing it back. They curate stories from around the world, one chapter at a time. They are available on the web, and on Android and Apple mobile devices. The readers get to vote on their favorite serials, and the top serials with the most votes get awarded money from the website on a monthly basis, and voting is what keeps the serials alive.

But before an author’s or writer’s first serial installment can be published on their site, it must first be approved in a very similar manner that you would submit to a magazine. Per their submissions page, they are currently accepting these genres: Adventure, American Gothic, Chick Lit, Crime, Cross-Genre, Dystopian, Fantasy, Horror, Modern Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci Fi, Sci Fi Western, Slipstream, Steampunk, Superhero, Thriller, and Young Adult (plus any new genre that you may have invented). If your serial start is accepted, JukePop Serials pays up to 2 cents per word for up to 3,500 words. After which, an author becomes eligible for the monthly cash awards based on votes.

This is a very innovative way to leverage the technology of today to breath life into an old idea. As readers now have a streamlined method of connecting with the author and providing feedback, it builds upon that bond between the author and the reader. I think JukePop Serials will be a very successful site which I hope to publish on some day.


My Short Story is about to be Published!

Myths Inscribed is an online magazine for fantasy fiction only. It was recently created by the wonderful people at MythicScribes.com (a great place to connect with a large community of fantasy writers).

After submitting to them on January 7th, they got back to me on February 16th with the news that they had provisionally accepted my 5,000 word short story, The Ravenous Flock, as long as I agreed to their editing terms. What they proposed is that they wanted to work with me to perform some edits, as well as work with me to decide where to cut the story in half (as they want to publish it in two parts across two issues). If I agreed, no other name other than mine will be on the story; and the story, all revisions included, remain exclusively mine. This extra service that they provide distinguishes their magazine from nearly all others on the market, and is something that they are proud of.

I happily agreed to the terms and I look forward to my first experience with a real editor. I have always thought I knew what they do, but now I will have first hand experience working with one. As Myths Inscribed is a new ezine, they do not offer financial compensation for your work. While this fact is considered “less prestigious” by some (for example, I can’t join SFWA unless I sell a short story for $50 or more), to me, it marks a significant milestone for any author. I have now crossed the threshold from being unpublished to published. My short story was still chosen above others from the “slush pile” all the same, and now it can be added to my author bio. In addition, this publication credit adds extra credibility to my novel.

Since my short story predates the events of my novel and is written in the same world, same style, and contains some of the same characters from my novel, this publication credit should add tremendous value toward getting my novel published. Not only will this help it get published, but once my novel is published, this short story will help sell my novel – and here is how: Per the terms of Myths Inscribed publication policy, after they publish my work, all rights are immediately returned to me, meaning I can do what I wish with my short story. At that point in time, I plan to further self-publish it on Amazon for $0.99. Once my novel is available for purchase, I’ll use my short story as a marketing tool to drive interest toward my novel and will most likely give it away for free at that point to gain readership and a following.

More to come soon as I plan to share my lessons learned with working with the editor!