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#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 5, Week 23 – October 14, 2014

October 15, 2014

Thanks for joining us this week for Tuesday Serial! We have 31 new serial fiction episodes for you including one conclusion: The Five Kingdoms of Severi by Dora Gonzalez.

#TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of PJ Kaiser, Tony Noland, and Larry Kollar.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! As always, if you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

As always, if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!).


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#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 5, Week 22 – October 7, 2014

October 9, 2014

Thanks for joining us this week for Tuesday Serial! We have 35 new serial fiction episodes for you including 3 debuts:

  • “The Law Unto Herself Chronicles” by Jennifer L. Barnes
  • “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” by Lance Schonberg
  • “Daley’s Eight” by Joseph Kranak

We also wanted to give a special mention to Brian Guthrie who concluded his serial “Rise: Future Worlds” last week. His conclusion was missed in the original version of the Tuesday Serial report and, although it has since been edited, we wanted to make sure everybody saw it. Congrats, Brian!

#TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of PJ Kaiser, Tony Noland, and Larry Kollar.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! As always, if you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

As always, if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!).


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JukePop: Expanding the Reach of Indie Authors through a Library Near You

October 6, 2014

Our friends over at JukePop have been rocking the world of serial writers and readers and now they are poised to leverage this success and help libraries get the work of indie authors into the hands of readers. We support their efforts and are happy to take this opportunity to spread the word. They have a new project on Kickstarter. You can click through directly to the project or check out some of the overview information below.



Why can’t we download ebooks from library websites to Kindles? Libraries don’t have the infrastructure. We’re here to help – for free.

Here’s the Situation

Libraries want indie authors’ self-published ebooks. Readers love them, and indie books have topped the New York Times digital bestsellers list time and time again.

These books are an important part of our literary culture. But so far, it’s been really hard for libraries to get indie authors’ content. There are literally millions of self-published ebooks out there, and there is no easy way for libraries to sort through them and get the titles into their catalogues.  It’s a time-intensive and complicated process that involves weeding through tons of ebook submissions.  Not to mention most libraries don’t have the infrastructure to store the ebooks.

Meanwhile, indie authors have found that local libraries are a great way to find new readers, compared to online bookstores. And for authors, new audiences are everything. Libraries are a great way to encourage readers to try works by unfamiliar writers.

However, libraries are closed-loop systems that are hard for indie authors to break into. Traditional publishers have a long, complex relationships with libraries, stretching way before ebooks. But with digital books, publishers generally charge libraries more than they charge consumers, while restricting the number of times that a title can be borrowed. This creates long waiting lists of readers.

There needs to be a way to lend ebooks in a more flexible way. A way that’s good for libraries, good for readers, and good for authors.

(Seen on Publishers Weekly, Fast Company, and Library Journal.)

The Solution

We’re computer engineers who love books and love libraries. We’ve built an award-winning beta version of our platform that solves these problems with California’s Santa Clara County library system, which includes 8 branch libraries serving 2 million people. We were named the Urban Libraries Council’s Top 2014 Innovator for demonstrating that libraries can work with Silicon Valley startups. Unlike traditional ebook lending platforms, which are cumbersome and difficult for readers to use, our JukePop system is simple. In our pilot, we made over 1000 books available for curation by librarians and easily downloaded to any device, through a website that proved very popular.

Join Us

If you love books and you love libraries, join us in upgrading your local library to support the discovery of indie authors. Our platform helps local librarians to find and source great indie ebooks. We also let readers download the ebook from library websites and add them onto their favorite reading devices. We need your pledge to make this free for community libraries across the country and who knows — maybe around the world! If we link up all the local libraries, we could create the world’s largest group of readers to discover new writers.

JukePop

Our unique publishing platform, JukePop, solves many of these issues at once. Not only do we make it easy for libraries to implement — the ebooks are stored on our platform so just a few lines of code is needed to add to their website — we’ve already automated and objectified the scouting process through reader votes, chapter-by-chapter publication, and our analytics tools. We ensure that the best titles are prominent and ready to be acquired by libraries. All we have to do is finish developing the software needed to get our authors’ titles into libraries’ catalogs. We plan to make integration of this technology free for libraries with your pledge.

Our award-winning beta version, while simple to use, still requires a fair amount of manual work for both libraries and JukePop. We want to automate as much as possible so we can make it even easier for librarians and JukePop to maintain.

Author’s Stories are accessible and ebooks can be downloaded directly from Santa Clara Library’s website, free of charge
Author’s Stories are accessible and ebooks can be downloaded directly from Santa Clara Library’s website, free of charge
Simple and clean reading experience - no ads!
Simple and clean reading experience – no ads!

With the help of JukePop, your libraries will have easy access to fresh talent, therein better meeting the needs of their community, and authors who use JukePop’s platform will have a means of getting into libraries in an efficient way.

The Goal

Our goal is to get 60 libraries across the country featuring self-publishing authors in their catalogs. We aim to raise $15,000.

$10,000 of the $15,000 will be used to finish the software platform so that we can roll it out to libraries efficiently. The platform will make it more user-friendly for librarians to initially set up our technology and pick which ebooks they want on their site.  The finished software platform will also lower the cost for both JukePop and libraries to implement and maintain.

The remaining $5,000 will be used for JukePop to integrate this technology with 60 libraries. Once we’re done with the platform, it’ll only cost JukePop $75 per library, and only 1-2 hours of work per month for libraries to implement and maintain. This is only possible because our technology platform enables us to remove much of the middleman costs. We will not be passing our cost to libraries; that’s where your pledge comes in.

If you think we can do more, you’re right. Click through to the Kickstarter Project and scroll down for our Stretch Goals – even more ambitious! Information about rewards for various levels of support and further information can be found on the Kickstarter Page. Join us in supporting this terrific project.

#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 5, Week 21 – September 30, 2014

October 2, 2014

Thanks for joining us this week for Tuesday Serial! We have 31 new serial fiction episodes for you including two debuts:

The White Fobwatch
and
Daley’s Eight by Joseph Kranak

… and one conclusion:

Rise: Future Worlds by Brian Guthrie

#TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of PJ Kaiser, Tony Noland, and Larry Kollar.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! As always, if you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

As always, if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!).


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#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 5, Week 20 – September 23, 2014

September 24, 2014

Thanks for joining us this week for Tuesday Serial! We have 31 new serial fiction episodes for you including 3 debuts:

#TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of PJ Kaiser, Tony Noland, and Larry Kollar.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! As always, if you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

As always, if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!).


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Serializing “Quantum Deadline” by Daedalus Howell

September 18, 2014

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We love it when Tuesday Serial contributors talk about their creative process and how they came to write serial fiction and we hope you do too. We are pleased to welcome Daedalus Howell to Tuesday Serial this week for a terrific guest post that discusses that and more. He is kicking off our fall series of monthly guest posts. We still have room in the schedule, so if you’re interested in writing a guest post, let us know. Welcome Daedalus!


The revolution will be serialized. As it’s always been. Much of episodic entertainment, from our favorite shows on Netflix or premium cable to the summertime superhero blockbusters, are issued in discrete elements that comprise a whole story. Comic books have long functioned in this manner, ditto popular literature, which was once serialized in newspapers. Now, serialization is back, representing to some, a vanguard in publishing. It can also be an integral part of your creative process.

This is what I’ve found creating Quantum Deadline, a sci-fi crime romp that comically explores the death of newspapers through the foggy lens of a reporter tripping through the multiverse. Like many authors, my project found its first iteration as a National Novel Writing Month novel — last November, I arranged 50,000+ English words in a manner that produced the general effect of a novel. Despite the fact that the result was an unholy (if occasionally inspired) mess, I remained committed to seeing it through the bitter end of a Kindle download.

I put it in the proverbial drawer through the winter to cool and found when I exhumed it the following spring, I was ready to rewrite it. That said, there is no “National Rewriting Your Novel Month” and I loathed the notion of working alone sans the esprit de corps I’d experienced with NaNoWriMo.

I tried. I failed. I had no sense of accountability or “ticking clock” to compel me back to the work. Not that I was enthralled with the prospects I perceived in the book, it’s just that, as a career-long newspaper columnist, I’d grown accustomed to a weekly deadline. And someone to enforce it. With a speculative, self-generated project like Quantum Deadline, there was neither a deadline nor an irate editor to make me deliver. That’s when I began to contemplate serialization. I needed to feel accountable and I needed a schedule — two aspects of serialization that I theretofore hadn’t realized were possibilities.

Moreover, I suspected serialization would allow me to “course correct” if I found that my readers were losing interest or recognize possibilities in the work that I hadn’t. I think of it as akin to The Lean Startup concept of creating a “minimum viable product” that allows for pivots between plot points.

“The fundamental activity of a startup is to turn ideas into products, measure how customers respond, and then learn whether to pivot or persevere,” writes Eric Reis, The Lean Startup’s main advocate and author of a popular business tome of the same name.

If we replace the term “startup” with the word “writing” the path to serialization becomes self-evident. Instead of hunkering down, alone in the back of a Starbucks, the premise of releasing iterations of your work while refining it allows you the opportunity to grow and create community around it in the meantime.

The trick is to be responsive to the concerns of your readership rather than defensive. You’re creating a feedback loop, not a combat zone. You don’t need to completely alter the vision of your paranormal YA romance when your readership is flagging, nagging or otherwise bagging on your work. However, you do have the opportunity to make adjustments in the next installment (and retroactively as well — serial readers a very forgiving, I find, so long as you point to relevant changes that improve their enjoyment of the work).

Likewise, authors are advised to read Austin Kleon’s excellent book Show Your Work!, which extols the virtues of sharing your creative process as a means of cultivating an audience. Much in the same way film studios invite entertainment reporters on set to drum up interest in a film prior to its release, Kleon suggests sharing your process and inspirations as you create. This notion also dovetails nicely with “rewriting in public” through serialization.

Writing a serial not only creates both context and momentum for one’s creative output, it cultivates community with your work as its rallying point. Chapter by chapter, week by week, you steer us deeper into your creative world — a world we may not have seen were it not for the revolutionary resurgence of the serial. As Gil Scott-Heron said, “The revolution will put you in the driver seat.”

 



daedalus howellDaedalus Howell blogs at
DHowell.com. His serial, Quantum Deadline is presently at Wattpad. He tweets @daedalushowell.