FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember: longer maybe, since my mother still has “books” (aka, stapled bits of paper) I did about shapeshifting unicorns and dinosaurs from preschool. The first book I wrote was about a telepathic tiger and the girl it protected. (What can I say, middle school was hell) When I got to college, I discovered fanfic and wrote in a number of fantasy and video game genres such as Final Fantasy, Inuyasha, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Farscape.
Why do you release all your books as serials first?
Honestly, it’s something I took with me from the world of fan fiction. Authors there release a chapter at a time, and I remember waiting with baited breath and trolling social media/blogs/web pages for any word on the next release of a favorite fanfic writer. Now, unless you’re doing 30k chapters (which, btw, are liek WHOA), that’s not really viable with traditional publishing. I DO publish novels, but I believe in getting the story out to readers as quickly as possible. I think that the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program is fantastic for this: readers can borrow each new part FOR FREE with the service, or purchase each part for $.99. They’re offering a 30-day trial run for free if you’d like to try it out. Honestly, it’s a match made in…well, Amazon.
But don’t you feel it’s unfair to readers not to get the whole novel in one go?
I give readers credit for being smart enough to realize they don’t HAVE to buy the serials. I have no problems with folks waiting until the novel comes out; lol, I actually get more from the sale of a $2.99 book than from three $.99 parts. 😉 But I’ll be the first to admit that, since writing is my one and only job, a girl’s gotta eat. I put the parts up first to 1) get the story out to readers as quickly as possible, and 2) to allow myself to make money as I’m writing. I understand there are peeps who don’t like this approach and that’s too bad, but I won’t apologize for it.
The other nice bit is that a reader can get the serials for FREE on Amazon, while the novel costs money. It’s one reason why I love Kindle Unlimited so much; the reader gets what they want for free/a flat subscription fee, and I’m still making a few bucks. Win/Win in my books. 😀
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