An old form for a new format?


Here’s my question: Do the three elements of ebook format, people’s hectic lifestyles, and shorter attention spans combine to favor serialized stories? As a reader, do you have a preference, or have there been times in your life where one was more convenient? Do you find yourself curling up with a big trade paperback, (Name of the Wind. Thanks, K.) but devouring shorts on your Kindle or Nook?

I’m asking because my other current project, Drop City, has reached a suitable juncture in the overall story-arc. There are a couple more segments in the pipeline, but Part One is done.

I’m thinking of releasing this portion as a novella, then moving onto the next part with releases every 6-8 months until it’s finished. Any insight or suggestions on this?

Thanks.

5 Comments on “An old form for a new format?

  1. Me too. Do you have an e-reader? If so, do you read long books on it, or do you find it has shorter material (magazines, short stories, gaming PDFs) on it?

  2. Me too. However, I’ve repeatedly heard the more “successful” e-book authors crank out shorter, serialized fiction every 6-8 months or so.

    Maybe I’m too anxious. Trying to compensate for ST’s delay.

  3. Me, personally, as a writer–I’d have to write the entire thing first and then chop it up, because I know by the time I write “the end” I’d want to change half million or so things throughout. But, as a reader, I do find myself gravitating to short stories and novellas so you might have a point there.

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