“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.by
There’s been a bit of a gap, but I’m kicking the serials back into gear.
By the time this posts, two of them will have started already, and the third should be launching tomorrow. Covers all link to the serials on Wattpad.
First up, “Trollsign”.
Sorry. I’m tentatively using the first cover but I really like minimalism of the second, and they both make sense in context of the story. “Trollsign” is a 13,000-word novelette with 14 scenes. Several of those are really short, so I think the serial is likely to happen in 10 releases. New scenes release on Wattpad on Wednesdays and started on February 19th.
Next, a novel-length serial, Heroes Inc.
Heroes Inc. we’ve talked about before and it’s available on Amazon, but the sequel will be ready shortly and the third book in the trilogy is drafted. I’d love for folks to read all three. This first one was probably the most fun I ever had semi-plotting a novel. Except for the basic resolution, I tried never to have more than the next three scenes worked out in advance. Serializing on Wattpad with new chapters released on Fridays until complete.
Finally, I’m slipping back into the Star Trek fanfic world again, and I’m not planning on stepping away from it for a while, though I’ve got some tentative ideas for stories in other universes, too. In this case:
A 4200-word short featuring Commander Scott in the early days of the Enterprise refit before Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Serializing on Wattpad beginning on 23 February 2020. New scenes releasing on Sundays.
Previous serials are still available. At this point, I have no expectation of taking them down.
In the short fiction category (by which I mean anything under 40k words, although trend is anything over 25k is a short novel and I kind of like that): “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus”, “Thorvald’s Wyrd”, and Turn the World Around.
For novels, only Skip to My Luu is up.
And for ST fiction, you get Between a Rock and a Klingon (21k starring Chekov), “Breath Control” (6.7k starring Dr. Chapel), “Wolves and Sheepdogs” (5.4k starring Lt. Leslie), and Fractured Unity (with a novel-sized cast).
Happy reading and be well, everyone.by