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Serial Publishing: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Serial publishing can leave readers unsatisfied and, ultimately, frustrated.

By Edward Nawotka

As discussed in today’s feature story, more authors have been experimenting with serial publishing. It affords the writer the opportunity to maintain a constant connection with the reader.

Readers, on the other hand, have been reticent about the move. After all, why by a single chapter or two for 99 cents and have an incomplete experience when you can buy a finished work for the same price or a little more.

So tell us where you fall on the question. Serial publishing: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    One person hasn’t been mentioned by Jane Friedman in her (otherwise) excellent article and that’s Amanda Hocking. She achieved success with her Trylle Trilogy – 3 books published separately and set at increasing prices (she started off with 99 cents).

    For an indie, to propose a trilogy or a series and have a number of books already up on the virtual bookshelf is important. It reassures readers that this is a writer who writes! So, marketing-wise, thumbs up!

    But, there are always buts, it can be hard on the author (pressured to produce sequels as fast as possible) and even annoying for readers (see the annoyance of RR Martin’s fans when he stops producing books at the expected pace!).

  2. Posted December 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    By fostering a mass of readers who demand that all ebooks be priced at 99 cents you are devaluing the quality of the writing and the author who wrote the ebook. Some of us write for a living, and we can’t be caving in to the cheapskates. The major publishers price their ebooks at close to the price of the paperbacks or sometimes more, and you expect the independent authors to give their work away? No thanks. I would rather publish in serial form for that price than the whole book. Sorry, no slave labor in this establishment.

  3. Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I serialized my first novel – for free on my website. It got me the beginnings of an audience and some great feedback which I was able to incorporate before publishing a revised version, which has been selling steadily over the past year. I’d be less keen on paying for partial stories, though!

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