Phase II of My Plan for World Domination:
A serial novel is a story that’s told in installments–usually in popular newspapers or magazines–and then published in a bound edition later on. Kind of like the novel version of Sunday comics.
Sadly, books have been on the expensive side throughout history. (If the lack of electricity, indoor plumbing, and modern medicine didn’t kill me off, not having regular access to books would have.) This meant that usually only the rich and famous were wealthy enough to purchase books, which meant that most of the population had to do without.
*pauses as the horror of that thought sinks in*
Enter the serial novel. Whereas most people couldn’t afford to purchase books, they could afford newspapers. Suddenly the working class and the poor had access to literature that only the privileged had enjoyed before.
And to me, that’s incredibly awesome!
Fast forward to May 2011 in a little place in Salt Lake City where the Caped CONduit was being held. (And electricity, indoor plumbing, and modern medicine exist.) So many of the panels were made of awesome, but the one that really changed my world was one about clichés and why they aren’t of the devil. (At least I think it was this one. My brain cells are on strike right now. :S) Anyhow, Tracy Hickman said two things that really changed the way I’ve been thinking:
- We need to stop focusing on getting published and be more concerned about being read.
- Post modern stories tells us who we are, but we already know who we are. Stories should tell people who they should be, who they have the potential to become.
I signed up the next day.
Thanks to the talented Carolyn Kaufman
In THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA, sixteen-year-old Breena must leave the only home she’s ever known in the faerie queen’s court. To add insult to injury, the faeries foist a fairy godmother on her to soften the blow. In an attempt to evade the fairy godmother’s plan for her Happily Ever After, Breena drinks a potion that’s supposed to help her escape. Instead, it turns her into a small, white cat.
So how does this novel serialization thing work in modern times?
- Collectible Subscription–You’ll have access to the chapters as they’re posted. At the end of the subscription, you’ll receive a hard bound, limited edition, signed copy of the book as well as an e-book version. You’ll also have access to forums where we can chat, you can ask me what in the heck I was thinking when I had a dragon eat all of the characters, or anything else you’d like to say. It will be totally author-reader interactive. I will also be posting extras in the form of entries in a Compendium of Fairy Godmothering Terms as well as weekly Fairy Notes: The Highly Secret Papers of an Overworked, Underpaid, Very Tired Fairy Godmother. Both will be added in their entirety as bonus content in the e-book.
- E-Book Subscription–similar to the collectible subscription, but it will be for the e-book only.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me here.
Danyelle Leafty is writer currently producing a series entitled ‘The Fairy Godmother Dilemma’ using our Scribe’s Forge Publishers method of serial publishing. Laura and I are grateful for her permission to feature her writing here.