“How soon can you get Past Forward ready for publication?”
Nothing strikes fear in my heart like Ashley asking me when I can get something done. You see, it usually means I need to do it yesterday, and it usually means a lot of work.
It also usually means a lot of success.
And it was.
It’s also a whole ton of work.
My serial novels began in 2012. First, there were six VOLUMES of Past Forward— twenty-eight episodes. Seven episodes of De-Cluttering Junkie followed. And six more VOLUMES of HearthLand came after that. That’s another thirty-six episodes! And then came The Vintage Wren.
Guess what? Ashley didn’t want me to do it anymore, but I’d kind of made my serial novels my… “thing. So, I planned my new one. A simple plan. One episode a week for 52 weeks. A Year of Cassie.
But I got busier–and busier. And I kept slowing down. And almost two years later, I’m down to… yeah. I have nine weeks under my belt. Not enough.
So, back in August, I began sending out installments in my newsletter each week. And that kept me up. Except for a short hiatus during a trip and just after, I’ve been on track with it each week. And I love it. I do.
There’s just one problem.
I’m not sure everyone else does.
As it works right now, each Wednesday about a chapter’s worth of the story goes out to my entire newsletter list each week. I try not to put any other news in it, but sometimes I have to. And that means that those who don’t read the serial novel don’t get that news.
So… I’m wondering how you feel about me making the serial novels, The Vintage Wren right now, an “opt-in.” It would be a lot like the blog post emails–if you choose to get the serial novel installments emailed to you, you do. If you don’t sign up just for them, then you won’t get that email each week.
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I even created a little poll to get your .02 on the issue. Would you like to be able to opt-in (or not!) for the serial novels or do you just want me to keep things as they are?