A Serial Renaissance – by Bea Moyes of Ether Books

 

This month, we are very pleased to have as our special guest Bea Moyes from Ether Books.  Bea is the Content and Social Media Director at Ether Books.  She is here to tell us about the resurgence of the serial as a literary form and how Ether Books serves serial readers and writers.  We welcome discussion on this post and Bea will be checking in to answer any questions our readers may have.

 

 

A Serial Renaissance by Bea Moyes of Ether Books

In the last decade the ‘serialisation’ has had a complete and much overdue renaissance. The digital age has bred a new generation of writers who are not limited by traditional publishing schedules but are eager to find new avenues to reach their audience by publishing online: on their blogs, WEB sites and now direct to mobile phone! It has encouraged experimentation, and direct interaction between the writer and their readers, but more significantly it has nurtured the short form ‘episodic’ writing which can carry the depth of a novel but in short segments. We increasingly have a democratisation of fiction which values quality of content over traditional limitations on genre, style and length.

I say this with complete admiration and significant bias. As a director at Ether Books, I actively promote the disruption which the digital age has brought to traditional publishing and the opportunities which it has created for writers of the serial form. Ether Books is an innovator of mobile publishing, providing short fiction, articles and poetry directly to readers on their mobile. We curate the best short content, providing writers not only with access to a global readership through our mobile app, but also allowing them to keep the exclusive rights to their work. We believe that digital publishing is at the head of a revolution, putting the control of content back in the hands of the writers.

We have published a number of serialisations, and we are actively looking to publish more because of our rapidly growing audience for quality serialisations. The serial is PERFECT for mobile because readers can download the next episode of the serial every week and have what we call a ‘byte sized read’ on-the-go. Most of our published serialisations are written beforehand and submitted to us as a whole, but the possibilities are endless. In the future we can easily publish the first episode of a serial and allow the writer to adapt the story according to the feedback their readers give back.

We are aware that this new technology, and the immediacy with which digital publishing can reach its audience, will have a significant effect on the way writers write. Unlike traditional publishing, writers can adapt their work AFTER publication and alter their style with direct feedback from their readers. I would very much like to hear from you about what this means, if anything, for you! Does this fill you with fear and dread, or does the freedom which this affords the writer encourage you to view your work differently, as a continuously evolving process? I will be reading any comments you might post below and answering any questions and/or answers you might have!

In my opinion, quite ironically, the digital age has almost brought us full circle to the glory days of the serial in the 19th Century. You’ll have to forgive me; I am a history graduate so I am often liable to compare modern circumstances to the past. However, it is true that in the 19th Century, celebrated authors like Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins popularised the serial form, publishing in monthly instalments in national newspapers and magazines. Many of the great works of fiction which we cherish as novels were originally written in parts, read in episodes and adapted according to the audience responses.  Their contemporary popularity has been described as akin to modern soap operas, and it is this popularity which I believe is being revived through the internet, through new digital publishing methods and the support of readers who are eager to find quality short nuggets of fiction with great characters, plot and writing which they can return to, again and again.

If any of you are interested in submitting to Ether Books you can visit our website www.etherbooks.com. We accept submissions from ALL genres and you once you have signed up as an Ether member, you can submit work through our online Submission Form.

Bea Moyes

#TuesdaySerial Report – Feb 1, 2011

Thanks to all the readers and writers who joined us this week for #TuesdaySerial!  Our dedicated contributors present you with 23 new installments this week including one debut from FARfetched.  We also have a series epilogue from Christopher Michael Bell.

If there are any mistakes or broken links in the report, please let us know!

Tell all your reading and writing friends about us – we’ll be back for more next week! 🙂

So, here is the final list of all of this week’s participants. Happy reading & writing! 🙂

ps Writers, if your story is missing, please leave a comment on this post with the Title, author and a link. Readers, be sure to check the comments for any late additions.



  1. Kandy Fangs 17 of 24 Kandy Love by David G Shrock
  2. October, 1968 from FRANKY BENITEZ by Julio Ricardo Varela
  3. You May Be Right, ch 170 of Darons Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan
  4. The God Thing epis. 4: ‘Limb’, by Nada Holland
  5. The Lazarus Experiment by Christopher Michael Bell – Research & Notes
  6. Shattered Remnants of a Dream #169 by Dan Luffey
  7. Amnar: The Expulsion Pt 45 “Get Out Of Here” by I J Black
  8. The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. #9. By Justin Davies
  9. Killing Time OST – 5a – Shopping by Aheila
  10. Pas de Chat, Ch. 33 by Katherine Nabity
  11. Beyond Knowledge: Page 60. By Ayami Tyndall.
  12. Breaking an Empire #17 by James T at The Four Part Land
  1. Meanwhile in Space. . . #23: Cult of the Obsidian Mask, Part 8 by X. J.
  2. Unfamiliar Magic by Aaron Conaway Entry Five: Waking Delusions
  3. Closing Time – Episode 26 by Noelle Pierce
  4. The Smell Collector: #17 Visiting the Collection: The Post Office by David Burns
  5. Moonlight and Merlot by Lisa Fox
  6. SuperMegaNet v2 ep5: Your Friends Are Weird, by Jesse Gordon
  7. White Pickups Episode 72 by FARfetched – DEBUT
  8. Run With It #4 by Jax
  9. In the House of Five Dragons, by Lindquist and Christensen. A fantasy.
  10. “Oscar’s World” Episode 104 by Col. Jack Staples
  11. REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST Chapter 15 – “A Ghost Rejected” by Kevin Paul Shaw Broden
  12. Onja – Bounty Agent pt. 4 by Ren Thompson
  13. This linky list is now closed.

#TuesdaySerial Report – Jan 25, 2011

Thanks to all the readers and writers who joined us this week for #TuesdaySerial!  Our dedicated contributors present you with 26 new installments this week including three conclusions from Lindquist & Christensen, Jason Coggins, and Christopher Michael Bell.

If there are any mistakes or broken links in the report, please let us know!

Tell all your reading and writing friends about us – we’ll be back for more next week! 🙂

So, here is the final list of all of this week’s participants. Happy reading & writing! 🙂

ps Writers, if your story is missing, please leave a comment on this post with the Title, author and a link. Readers, be sure to check the comments for any late additions.



  1. Ch. 167 of Darons Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan
  2. Kandy Fangs 16 Violet Storm by David G Shrock
  3. Anvil of Tears, by Lindquist and Christensen – Epilogue, page 2. CONCLUSION.
  4. The God Thing, episode 3. Name, by Nada Holland.
  5. Shattered Remnants of a Dream #168 by Dan Luffey
  6. Bloggin Brimstone – SEASON ONE FINALE – by Jason Coggins CONCLUSION
  7. Amnar: The Expulsion Pt 42. “I’m Not One Of Them” by I J Black
  8. SuperMegaNet v2 ep4: Buddy List Party, by Jesse Gordon
  9. Breaking an Empire #16 by James T at The Four Part Land
  10. Closing Time – Episode 25 by Noelle Pierce
  11. The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 8. By Justin Davies
  12. Killing Time OST – 4a – Scouting by Aheila
  13. Unfamiliar Magic by Aaron Conaway Entry Four: In Dreams
  1. Single, Over-Fifty and Cyberdating – Finale by The Rusty Pen
  2. Beyond Knowledge: Page 57. By Ayami Tyndall.
  3. “Adventures in Random”, Episode 5 by Sam Baker
  4. “Oscar’s World”, Episode 103 by Col. Jack Staples
  5. Pas de Chat, Ch. 32 by Katherine Nabity
  6. Meanwhile in Space. . . #22 Cult of the Obsidian Mask Part 7 by Xanto Jones
  7. Price Breaks and Heartaches Chapter Five part six by Al Bruno III
  8. In The Shadow Of His Nemesis Chapter Ninety Nine By AL BRUNO III
  9. Onja – Bounty Agent pt. 3 by Ren Thompson
  10. Moonlight and Merlot by Lisa Fox
  11. Refuge of Delayed Souls by Miladysa – Part 1, Dark Day
  12. The Lazarus Experiment – Part IV by Christopher Michael Bell, CONCLUSION
  13. The Smell Collector: #16 Morning at Marie’s
  14. This linky list is now closed.