Update: Since this post, I have started to publish serially again with Cupid. Thankfully I’ve been able to write a lot, and will be getting Cupid out in regular intervals while working toward the traditional publication of The Rain.
The serial publication model requires writing consistency above all other things, and that’s something I haven’t had for the last year. For a long time, I was able to pump out the parts of my novels in a timely manner and get them into readers’ hands once a month. I received e-mails thanking me for my consistency. Someone even told me I was a most “dependable” writer.
Since my lapse in consistency, I’ve deservedly received e-mails from readers telling me I’ve lost them. The answer is simple: I won’t publish serially again until I can find the routine I used to have. Without going into the reasons why I lost my discipline, I can admit to being aware of what those reasons are. And while I want to get back to the point I was at before, it hasn’t happened yet. So, in short, WIPE will be my last serial novel for the time being. I have a few short stories I want to write after it’s finished, and then of course, I’ll be diving into another novel.
Part 4 of WIPE will be out on Nov. 1st. And 5, the final part? Well, I can only hope that it comes shortly after that. Once WIPE is written, perhaps I’ll install one of those nifty writing meters on the website that I’ve seen Hugh Howey and some others use. So when that next novel is in progress, although you won’t get it in parts, at least you’ll know just how slowly I’m writing it!