December 12, 2012

Serial Novels

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 2:28 pm
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The most profitable section of the Norwegian book industry is what they call “entertainment.” This is comprised of commercial fiction, and includes fantasy, sci-fi, crime and serial novels.

Serial novels are book series that are made to keep the readers coming back for more. Unlike traditional book series, they rarely work as stand alone reads. The novels are designed to be read right after one another with each book ending on a cliffhanger, and the next book starting where the last one left off. Often with the last page of the previous book attached before the first chapter of the new one. They remind me of TV shows rather than novels, and they read like popcorn.

Most of my writing falls into the commercial fiction category, and since I’ve been back, I’ve started toying with the idea of writing one of these serials. I enjoy gobbling down TV shows more than your average viewer, and I love to write action packed fiction that is part of a larger plot. (And there’s good money in it.)

What do you guys think? Does it sound like fun, or like using up my good words on a low-status (but well-paid) form of entertainment? Would you try your hand at a serial?


1 Comment »

  1. Don’t worry about status. Many of our famous authors from the last few centuries were considered “entertainment” writers in their time. Many wrote serials in the even more consumable sense–stories released in small bite sizes that went on and on. That’s actually a form I’d like to try with the internet sometimes, by doing the serial bits for free on my website, one “chapter” at a time (and then removing them as the next pops up). And then compiling and selling the compilation when some story arc ends (kind of like issues turning to trades in comics).

    Comment by scrivnomancer — December 12, 2012 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

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