Guest post by David Wright – Serialization: A Timely Return for the Digital Age?

One of the most exciting aspects of the indie revolution is seeing writers moving beyond straitjacketed definitions of what a story or book should be. We have seen a resurgence in short stories, a rebirth of the novella, and, as you will see below, some fascinating experiments with serialized fiction. All of these forms were held back by the economics of print and the risk-averse nature of publishers and agents. Self-publishers, of course, are free to publish whatever they like. Today, I have an excellent guest post from one half of a writing duo that is doing just that – with great results. Here’s David Wright: “To be continued…” I first discovered these three magical words in the pages of comic Read More…

Could Piracy Be Good For You?

When music industry revenues collapsed after the introduction of MP3s, many writers became worried. While musicians have been able to find alternative income streams – including touring and merchandise – writers generally have one: their stories. Not even Stephen King or J.K. Rowling would fill a stadium for a reading, and most mid-list authors and new writers are lucky if there is a decent turn-out for a free bookstore appearance. In my last post on piracy, I covered how the measures the publishing industry has undertaken to combat piracy have only served to alienate their paying customers, but today I want to look at piracy from a different perspective: its benefits. While I don’t condone piracy, I think it’s an Read More…