Roberto Calas (author of the Kindle Serial “The Scourge”) talks about his experience with Kindle Serials:
I just wrote a novel. Literally. I finished it this week. The funny thing is, it has been an Amazon Bestseller for two months.
Welcome to the relentless world of serials.
Each episode had to be somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 words. And each episode would be due two weeks after the last one.
If I can’t write 4,000 words a week, what kind of writer am I?
Except that it wasn’t just writing 4,000 words a week. I had to produce 8,000 words of completely polished writing every two weeks. Imagine writing one tiny novel every fourteen days, with all the angst and joy that goes with it.
With all the deadlines and stress and moments of panic and rushing around, you might think the novel would end up as a steaming pile of literary dog feces that readers step on rather than read.
It is the best thing I have ever written.
And I think the readers think so too.
You can read the whole thing over at Lindsay Buroker’s blog where Calas was a guest poster.
This story reminds of a question/comment I made about 10 months ago: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/03/2012/altered-art-books-2/#comment-26545. I suggested that it might be possible to apply the lessons of Agile Software Development to writing. Compare the list in my comment with the list that Calas put in his post (he added a bit of “color commentary”).
Guest post by William Ockham