Sunday, October 21, 2012

YA Indie Carnival: Serial Novels, In or Out

This week at the Carnival we are talking about serial novels.  Amazon has announced they are bringing the serial novel back.  Stephen King will be happy to hear this.  Years ago he wrote The Green Mile in serial novel form with a new installment every other month (if memory serves).  How do I feel about this?

Well, it's an interesting concept.  Stephen King did an awesome job with The Green Mile.  On the other hand, when John Saul tried it (sorry, can't remember the name of his series), he had to apologize in the last book for mistakes.  For most of us, our novels change as we write them.  Unless you are a great Plotter and have every detail worked out ahead of time and you're sticking to it, writing Serial Novels probably would not work out for you.  I know I'm not doing it.

Although, it would be a challenge.  I'm afraid there are going to be some disappointed readers out there.  Of course, there are writers who can pull it off.  Those readers will be over the moon.  I guess it just depends on luck.  So, do you fee lucky?  Do you?  (nod to Clint Eastwood)

Here is the Amazon article if you want to read it:

Let's see what my fellow Carnies think:

1.Laura A. H. Elliott2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series4.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga
5.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog6.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
7.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter8.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
9.Ella James10.Maureen Murrish
11.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings12.A Little Bit of R&R
13.Melissa Pearl

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