Some of you may have noticed that I've been playing around with something different this year. Instead of writing my usual full length novel series, I've been writing a romance serial.
How is that different to a series? Well, typically, they're shorter. The parts/episodes in my Dragon Ruins serial are around 15-20,000 words each. That's about a quarter to a fifth of my full length romance novels. The other noticeable difference is that the Happily Ever After doesn't come until the last part in the serial. Rest assured though, that it will come.
So why am I writing like this? Well, a few reasons actually.
1. They're faster. I can publish a serial part ever month/6 weeks, and thus you have something new to read sooner. It also puts me on the hot new releases list, which means more people can find my books.
2. They're more concise. Because they're shorter, I can focus more on getting the flow and pacing just right. I feel this makes each episode tighter and more readable.
3. Because I like to try something new. Don't get me wrong, I love writing full length stories, but writing this serial has been an experiment to see if I can write short. And it seems I can. Which means I'm thinking of adding some novellas to my other series. There are a few characters in the Barren Planet series who could do with their own stories, but not quite enough for a full length book. Who'd love to hear about Yasmyn and Glesin's reunion? Or Nelor and Brenda? Or Jaimma and Beren? Anyone else I haven't thought of? If so, let me know in he comments below.