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"You're About to Be Invited to the Toughest Adventure in Your Writing Life."Many don't return. Fame and fortune are rare. Challenges may be impossible to solve...The reason I wrote this for you was because I couldn’t find a decent ebook on Amazon for this subject. The two I could find there were pathetic (and if you think this one is another, perhaps you should be writing your own. Jump right in, the water’s fine…)So I went out on the Internet and assembled all the research I could to see what and how this subject worked, if it did or not.Then I compared what I'd learned with what I already knew – and wrote it up for you so you could use it.You’ll see in the Appendix where you can find the same mentors who helped me help you.I don’t pretend to know anything about this subject other than what you see here. So there.I have published a couple hundred books, so I know how to research and edit and publish. Writing is an endless journey that takes you far, but you never see its end. As you apply yourself, as you push your own envelope, then you improve and find more areas to expand into.Just to be transparent, my work has been in non-fiction (mostly.) And I got back into studying story structure and plotting, etc. Because the better selling non-fiction works were built on either a narrative, or the “Big Idea” (which is really a collection of short narratives built on the same theme.)You’ll see later in this book my concept for a business plan you can use. How that will work for you is exactly as you understand what I wrote here, as you understand the authors I quoted and linked to, and as you apply this data to work for your own personal scene.I think it can be made to work, despite all the naysayers we’ll encounter soon enough.It’s up to you do decide whether you want to continue on and dive deep into the bottomless pool of your own creativity to surface with new ideas and applications.Our target is that tiny school of small fish called serials.Let’s see how they’re biting today…(From the Introduction)Get Your Copy Now. 

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Writing Serial Fiction In the Real World

A Simple, No-Nonsense Guidebook to Writing and Publishing Episodic eBooks Profitably on Amazon (and Elsewhere.)

Copyright © 2016 Midwest Journal Press. All Rights Reserved.

Table of Contents

BONUS

PART ONE - WHY SERIALS? WHY NOW?

INTRODUCTION: THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

WRITING SERIAL FICTION SUCCESSFULLY ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

WHERE DID ALL THE SERIALS GO?

PART TWO - HOW TO ROLL YOUR OWN SERIAL AND NOT BURN YOUR FINGERS

BUILDING SERIALS IS A DIFFERENT TOOLSET, BUT THE SAME TOOLS.

5 DECENT TIPS ON WRITING SERIAL FICTION

5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CREATING SERIAL FICTION

A SHORT SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SHORT STORIES

HOW DO YOU SELL THESE FRICKIN' THINGS?

BUILDING YOUR SERIALS FOR SUCCESSFUL SALES

A SHORT NOTE ON MARKETING AND ADVERTISING FOR SERIALS

HOW TO STUDY SUCCESSFUL TV SERIALS TO WRITE BETTER

PART THREE - ARE SERIALS SOMETHING TO BUILD AT HOME?

THE RISE AND FAILURE OF POPULAR SERIALS

ARE SERIALS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE, MARKET, AND PROFIT?

AND JUST WHEN YOU FELT LIKE GIVING UP...

PART FOUR – ONE SERIAL TO RULE THEM ALL

HOW YOU COULD WRITE YOUR OWN SERIAL SUCCESS STORY

THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF THE SERIAL WRITER

THE SERIAL WRITER RODE OFF INTO THE SUNSET, SINGING...

PART FIVE - APPENDIX

WRITING  AND PUBLISHING LINKS:

Writing Links:

Publishing Links:

Other books in this series

Related Writing Texts Published by Midwest Journal Press

HOW MUCH YOU CAN MAKE WITH A GRINDSTONED NOSE

AS SEEN ON TV - THE HISTORY OF SERIALS AS WE'VE WATCHED THEM

HOW THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN

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PART ONE - WHY SERIALS? WHY NOW?

INTRODUCTION: THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...

The reason I wrote this for you was because I couldn’t find a decent ebook on Amazon for this subject. The two I could find there were pathetic (and if you think this one is another, perhaps you should be writing your own. Jump right in, the water’s fine…)

So I went out on the Internet and assembled all the research I could to see what and how this subject worked, if it did or not.

Then I compared what I'd learned with what I already knew – and wrote it up for you so you could use it.

You’ll see in the Appendix where you can find the same mentors who helped me help you.

I don’t pretend to know anything about this subject other than what you see here. So there.

I have published a couple hundred books, so I know how to research and edit and publish. Writing is an endless journey that takes you far, but you never see its end. As you apply yourself, as you push your own envelope, then you improve and find more areas to expand into.

Just to be transparent, my work has been in non-fiction (mostly.) And I got back into studying story structure and plotting, etc. Because the better selling non-fiction works were built on either a narrative, or the “Big Idea” (which is really a collection of short narratives built on the same theme.)

You’ll see later in this book my concept for a business plan you can use. How that will work for you is exactly as you understand what I wrote here, as you understand the authors I quoted and linked to, and as you apply this data to work for your own personal scene.

I think it can be made to work, despite all the naysayers we’ll encounter soon enough.

It’s up to you do decide whether you want to continue on and dive deep into the bottomless pool of your own creativity to surface with new ideas and applications.

Our target is that tiny school of small fish called serials.

Let’s see how they’re biting today…

WRITING SERIAL FICTION SUCCESSFULLY ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

The eternal question for this book is: “Can we write profitable serials for print or ebooks?”

While some writers work at writing for art’s sake, the bulk of this would like some monetary gain as well as the fame and glory.

There are two schools of thought and opinion about publishing books and stories online. One school is writing the novel or longish non-fiction work, the other is writing short stories.

A recurring statistical conclusion is that only 300- and 400-page books are making any “real money”. Smashwords’ founder, Mark Coker, has been releasing his annual reports for some time, based on his own internal number-crunching. They found the trend that longer ebooks sold better and longer than shorter ebooks. He was also the first to find that the $3.99 price range was best for fiction. (The second best price is $2.99.) Unfortunately, Amazon accepts very few ebooks from Smashwords for their catalog. So any Amazon book data was missing - until this year.

Recently, Author Earnings released their own number-crunching results based on bot-scrapes of Amazon’s site and found the same thing.

(Note: Coker also noted that several of his top sellers were box sets, meaning several books cobbled together. His high average was about 112,000 words, which equates roughly to 450 pages. So this finding may need review.)

What AE also found, incidentally, that most ebook authors didn’t sell well, and most ebooks didn’t sell well. Amazon has rightly earned the name of “author graveyard.” AE says they found 1600 earning a living wage from Amazon, which is over $50K per year. The author community on Amazon speculates that there may be over 500,000 authors publishing there according to Amazon’s Author Rank numbers - but only authors that ever sold anything are counted.

(Still, ebooks are a multi-billion dollar industry, and Amazon has 70% of that market per AE. It shows no real sign of disappearing anytime soon.)

Now, not to disappoint you, there are holes in these statistics. (As Mark Twain was credited: “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.”)

Their total sales are just that. They aren’t weighted by how many books of a certain page-length exist for sale in any genre or category.

Amazon doesn’t categorize their books by length, generally. The bestselling category according to AE is Romance and there are nearly 384,000 Romance Kindle books.