Publishing,  Writing

Serial Changes

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“Traditionally”, at least for the last few months, I’ve typically had three serials running at once. One novel, one shorter work, and one Star Trek fan fiction.

I wrapped up the most recent short piece (“Behind False Doors”) a couple of years ago and the most recent fanfic (“Subsolar Whispers”) last week.

And I haven’t started the next on in either sequence, leaving just the novel (Heroes Inc.) currently running.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the serial thing and what my plans should be for publishing over the next couple of years. A novel can serialize over a long time. Months, really, or as much as a year depending on how I decide to release it. Fanfic, well, you kind of have to release it for free. It’s sort of built into the equation when you’re playing in someone else’s universe without official permission.

But I’m not sure the shorter stuff is really right for a serial presentation. At least, not for anything less than about novella length (SFWA suggests this is 17.5k words). Most of what I’ve serialized in short fiction has been well under the 15k mark. The one exception was a short novel on its own, not as long as my typical novel-length. If I break these up into small enough parts to serialize more than a few weeks, those pieces might be too small to give a satisfying read as part of a larger story.

So for the time being, I’m only going to be serializing a novel and whatever bit of fanfic reaches the front of the line. Sulu is next up in a novelette that’s a little shy of 10,000 words. After that, I’ve got a novel ready to go, just lacking a cover.

Things may change, but that’s where I’m at right now.

And I’ll go back to the regularly scheduled Star Trek Sunday next week. After all, I’m sure everyone wants to know my opinion on Star Trek: Picard.

Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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