Hugh Howey and Matthew Mather share their experience with serializing books on this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout. These two two authors — and many others — are re-pioneering serialized novels. Seriously: give each of these guys 10,000 words and $.99. You’ll be hooked. Matt’s Atopia Series starts with Blue Skies. Hugh’s Wool series starts with… Wool. Here are the takeaways from the show:
- How authors can let authors sample shorter works and hook them into becoming readers for life.
- Why Hugh’s path to success will not work for you, so don’t try.
- How Matt uses serialized work to fill out a complex, non-sequential tale.
- How much time it takes to plan, plot and write a series of serial books.
- Why serializing makes sense for complex worlds.
- Options for serializing that doesn’t mean sequential.
- Challenges and rewards of marketing serialized work.
- How ebook marketplaces work for and against authors of serialized books.
- How to dominate the top 10 list with multiple titles when you serialize
- The difference between “in progress” and “complete” serial works, and how to capitalize on those differences.
- Total story arcs, foreshadowing, chapter size… everything changes when you opt to serialize.
- Opportunities and examples of serializing non-fiction work
- How to use Kindle Singles to your advantage.
- Unconventional tips for authors considering the serialized route.
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