A couple of years ago I had this crazy idea–I know, I say that a lot.
We’ve been contemplating trying some serials, the sort of story that releases bit by bit over a period of time, and then if you want to when it’s all over you can by the whole thing as one copy. Those used to be a thing. If you want to see what it looks like, when it’s gone slightly wrong, check out The Count of Monte Cristo. Slightly less wrong, I’m pretty sure the original Edgar Rice Burrows Children of Mars series was released as a serial as well.
And before we got around to that I’d already had this really great idea for a series of mysteries centered around this one amateur detective. The kind where we follow our detective and his life for an entire calendar year. At the time I thought it I figured there was no way I was ever going to get a publisher to sign up for that (there’s always something positive about having a certain measure of creative control, amirite?).
That sounds cool, right? If you’re one of those in the know people you’re also thinking “Jules, that sounds like a ridiculous, inordinate amount of work,” and you wouldn’t be wrong. I’m basically putting out a 300,000 word book with ten different sub plots, in tiny bits, over the course of the next year.
But forget about the editorial schedule for a minute. Think like a reader. Wouldn’t it be cool to spend an entire year with a character? Spend Christmas reading about their Christmas, and then Valentines, and early spring, and their summer holidays. Sit down to read a book that talks about the state fair when it’s still state fair season, and share the characters hankering for good, old-fashioned cotton candy.
I’m signing up for this insane, giant thing, but mostly it’s under the guise of trying to provide what I’d like to read. Most of the books I write are about what I’d like to read that there doesn’t seem to be enough of out there in the world. I don’t know what kind of business sense that makes, but I figure it’s as good a place to start as any.
And hey, on the up shot, starting this December you can keep an eye out for The Ohio Mysteries, Book 1: Death of a Salesman.
Also, the next part in our free online collection, Romancing the Rainbow should be out now, so you should totally go check that out.