#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 4, Week 37 – Jan 21, 2014

January 23, 2014

Wow, what a week! We had a huge turnout this Tuesday: 41 new serial installments for your reading pleasure. This includes the debuts of:

Tales of Aquila Reboot by Chris Fleming
The King’s Blood by S.E. Zbasnik
The Sixth Chronicle [DEBUT] by Stephen R K Fender
Chronicles of the Claus by Carrie Ann Golden
Quest! by M. McPherson

… and the conclusions of:

Secrets of the Conclave
by Beth Raymond
Mr. Eberling’s Son by Joseph Kranak

#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 4, Week 35 – Jan 7, 2014

January 9, 2014

We hope everybody enjoyed their holiday season. Thanks for your patience during our mini holiday hiatus. Apparently, a lot of writers have made a New Year’s resolution to write more serial fiction because we have an impressive 37 new serial installments for you this week, including what may be a new Tuesday Serial record of SEVEN debuts! Welcome to our new and returning contributors:

  • “InnerWorld” by Jennifer Beasmoney
  • “The Graystone Saga” by Laura Klotz
  • “No Longer Alive” by Hugo Oddlane
  • “Destroying Legends” by F. Dolum
  • “Dwarves in Space” by S.E. Zbasnik
  • “NIXI #1″ by Chris Fleming
  • “Digital Merge (Dvorak)” by Emily Ann Imes

#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 4, Week 36 – Jan 14, 2014

January 9, 2014

Cold weather could not stop our TuesdaySerial contributors. We logged 31 new serial installments for your reading pleasure, including 5 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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#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 4, Week 34 – Dec 17, 2013

December 19, 2013

Welcome to the final #TuesdaySerial report for 2013! We finished the year with another strong turnout: 37 new serial installments for your reading pleasure, including the conclusions of The Prophet, the President, and the Pastor, by Daniel Whyte III, and The Thanksgiving Letters by Daniel & Meriqua Whyte.

Special Guest Post: This week, we have a special post by Ruthie Knox, author of the romance serial Roman Holiday. Look for her post, “Everything Old Is New Again”, to appear right here at TuesdaySerial.com!

Don’t forget: because of the cosmic alignment of the next couple of Tuesdays with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the #TuesdaySerial collector will be taking a couple of weeks off. We’ll resume the curation of your serials on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

#TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of PJ Kaiser, Tony Noland, and Larry Kollar. We wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons!

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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“Everything Old Is New Again” by Ruthie Knox

December 19, 2013

We are pleased to welcome writer Ruthie Knox to the Tuesday Serial site today for the final installment in our guest post series. Ruthie is writing a romance serial, Roman Holiday. In this post, she explores serial fiction from the writer’s and reader’s perspective. This post was originally published on “RT Book Reviews” and is published here with permission. You can view previous posts in our guest post series hereWelcome, Ruthie!


As soon as I signed on to write a serial romance novel, people started telling me how much they hate them. “I don’t want to read things in pieces,” I heard. “I read fast, and want to know what happens now.”

Yikes.

I was surprised by these reactions at first, but then I realized that most of my feelings about serials had to do with the challenges the format presents to writers. I wasn’t thinking as a reader.
RH5-ignited-webSince that time, I’ve completed the writing of a ten-part serialization, Roman Holiday. I also released a finished novel, Truly, as a free serial on the website Wattpad. These experiences gave me an opportunity to think more deeply about the serialized novel from both perspectives.

Here’s what I found.

The serialized novel isn’t new. In Victorian-era Britain — arguably the golden age of the print periodical — countless novels were published serially, including Charles Dickens’s Bleak House. Dickens even founded his own journal, Household Words, to feature serialized fiction.

Household Words encouraged the idea that its stories would be read aloud each week to a cheerful family group, perhaps gathered in the parlor, the baby gumming her teether on the Turkey carpet while the older children shouted encouragement to the characters and learned Improving Lessons. To read fiction in this tradition was to engage with story and, simultaneously, to engage with others. Serial stories were meant to be shared, speculated about, and anticipated.

Fast-forward to the present, and the most successful modern venue for serialized storytelling is television. Acclaimed TV is TV that makes audiences curious. Beloved series encourage speculation in the gaps between episodes. Joss Whedon fans know what I’m talking about, as does anyone who watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries —a popular web series adapted from Pride and Prejudice and delivered in a series of vlogs.

But TV isn’t the only popular form of serialized narrative. Free fiction, too, thrives in a serial format. An author who writes fanfic and posts her chapters as she completes them invites readers to jump in at numerous points along the way. The best works pull in so many readers that comment threads devolve into a cacophony of begging: UPDATE PLS! MOAR STORY!

The social media site Wattpad capitalizes on this desire of some readers to engage with stories as they are created. Wattpad users employ the comment field to critique and speculate to their heart’s content. They can “like” particularly good chapters, post their views to the author’s message board, and even send private messages directly to the writer.

These examples suggest that at least some readers hunger for narrative delivered serially and experienced socially. We want to sit on the Turkey rug and listen to an installment every week. We crave these kinds of narratives, if not for Improving Life Lessons, then for a chance to engage with characters as part of our own lives — and to engage with one another as we discuss the virtual people we’ve become so invested in.

From this perspective, when a romance reader tells me she doesn’t like serialized fiction, part of what she’s saying is that she values romance for delivering a particular sort of reading experience: compressed in space and time, solitary and emotionally intense. To a reader who wants this, the serialized romance seems a disruptive and undesirable innovation. Why, after all, would this reader want to nibble at a story when she can just consume one?

But serial fiction has its own built-in payoffs — payoffs we’re more familiar with from TV than from fiction. It insists that we take time to speculate, and it encourages us to speculate together. What will he do next? we ask each other. Did you notice that she hasn’t told us what happened to so-and-so yet?

I can’t wait for Monday, we say to our friends. This is going to be so great.

For the individual reader, a well-written serial can invite a more expansive understanding of character and theme, and it can foster the experience of anticipation as a slowly unfurling joy. This is the pleasure of a serialized story — a pleasure embedded in the format itself. It is neither better nor worse than the compressed, solitary pleasure of traditional romance reading. It is only different.

 


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USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing. Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website and drop her a line. Also check out her serial story “Roman Holiday” on her website and on the Random House website.

 

#TuesdaySerial Report – Vol 4, Week 33 – Dec 10, 2013

December 12, 2013

Holiday preparations must be inspiring Tuesday Serial authors: they gave us 38 new serial installments for your reading pleasure. This includes three debuts:

This weeks guest post is “Serial Fiction: Writing for the Reader’s Attention Span” by Kimberly A. McKenzie – go check it out!

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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