WIPE Part 4, and Why I Won’t Publish Serially

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!

3 Thoughts on “WIPE Part 4, and Why I Won’t Publish Serially

  1. I really don’t like serial books anyway. I read so much that I often forget about getting the next one in a series if it has taken 6 months or longer. I prefer to read the entire novel all at once, then move on to the next one. Hang in there, you’ll get your grove back when it’s time! Love your work.

  2. Thanks Joseph. I quit buying books serially – now I always wait for the parts to be finished the buy the “omnibus” edition. Hope all is well with you.

  3. josephturkot on October 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm said:

    Thanks for chiming in Janice and Keith. I’m glad to know there are some who will patiently wait out the black hole time period for the omnibus editions!

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