Serial Fiction: How It’s Changing Publishing

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My latest column at Writer Unboxed tackles serial fiction—and how it’s changing writing, reading, and publishing. Here’s a little snippet:

Both serials and fan fiction have been around a long time (since Dickens, remember?). If these forms are being reinvented and rediscovered because mobile- and tablet-based reading is growing, this may mean the strategic author has to start thinking about their readership as divided between two distinct groups: the very large group that expects the content for free, and the smaller group that’s willing to pay.

This is a very in-depth report that includes interviews with the people who work at Wattpad and Amazon, and also features several authors who have been successful with serials. Click here to read the piece at Writer Unboxed.

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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David A Roberts

Funny you should bring that up. I just started a serial fiction experiement which I wanted the readers to decide the storyline and self publish it ever 3-4 weeks with the results. Didn’t do well. I still think it’s a viable plan though.

Indie Author

Jane–Kindle doesn’t offer the serialization anymore (you have to be “someone”). Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000828741

ClaudiaHallChristian

Hi Jane! 🙂 Denver Cereal is still going. It will be six years this June. We had more than 200k individuals reading last year. As you know, I don’t see the people who read for free and people who buy books as mutually exclusive.

I’m going to start a new serial set in Boston this year. That should be fun! 🙂 Thanks for not forgetting serial fiction.

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