Little patches of “Wool”?

“Wool” has me and plenty of other self-pubbed writers itching to know if serialized stories are the way to go.

Four-minute clip on AOL:

http://on.aol.com/video/is-wool-the-next-hunger-games–517693672

Several fascinating things: first is his long-term success as a self-published author. Second was S & S’s concession on the digital rights. I know they’re going to push the print copy hard to get a return on their investment, but seeing as most of Mr. Howey’s money was made from e-copies, that’s A LOT of money they’re waving goodbye to.

Lastly, I picked up the Omnibus a couple months ago, and while the story is solid enough, it’s nothing brilliant or original. I’m happy for the guy, glad he’s rewarded for writing what he enjoys. I mean, at the end of the day, what do I know, right? I’m not fielding big money Big House offers.

I know the story and writing needs to be decent (or sometimes not) but this rags-to-riches tale has me wondering if serialized, uncomplicated thrillers are the way to go.

Like on TV.

3 Comments on “Little patches of “Wool”?

  1. Huh. Interesting that you don’t find it brilliant or original. I assumed it was both what with all the hype. It’s on my to-read list, so I might get to it some day.

  2. It’s not that it’s not good. It is. It’s just not original in the way say Neuromancer was in its day, and neither is it incredibly well-written like (IMO) Name of the Wind or even The Passage.

    i think the tagline “The Next Hunger Games?” is telling: it’s solid YA Post-Apoc with a strong female protag. Nothing wrong with it, but par for the course at the moment.

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