Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Kindle Serials, Serial vs Serialized Fiction – What??



This is a copy of a comment I wrote in response to Claudia Hall Christian’s article on Serial vs Serialized Fiction – What?? Read it for yourself here.

Thanks for the clarity on a subject that has been twisting my mind, especially with Amazon's release of Kindle Serials. 

I'm 4 episodes into my 13 part Urban Hunters series. I wrote the lot and found it unpublishable via traditional publishing methods because it wouldn't have met any of their criteria. Then I realised what the real problem was - that traditional publishers had dropped the ball and were being left behind by technology. So I considered self-publishing and behold, a world of wonder opened up to me. 

I played around with the idea of breaking up my story into 10 to 20 thousand word parts and serialising it. It worked beautifully. It picked up the pace of the story and added the regular anticipation of, what will happen next?

With the shortened format I didn't want to be re-introducing each character over and over again so I began a cast of past characters at the beginning of each episode. It is also working beautifully. 
I have been wondering if I should jump into the Kindle Serials. But my series just doesn't seem to fit the format. Your explanation has helped to confirm that. Thanks. Besides, I am now a devout self-publisher enjoying huge royalties and Amazon are only offering this, for now, as a traditional publishing deal. I'm not interested. My series is taking off without them. Yee hah! Go the serials and serialised fiction. I believe they're going to launch writing and reading into a whole new stratosphere.  
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Monday, 17 September 2012

FREE this week only TRIBAL SCARRING, Urban Hunters #2

FREE for this week only so be quick. Here's the link.
TRIBAL SCARRING, Urban Hunters #2
Time to unleash the warrior within and grow up. The spirit of Billy’s mother wants him to go walkabout through the whitefella culture, to find some girls and a future for his clan. He doesn’t want to go. She can’t be ignored. Now he’s faced with the fight of his life against wildlife and a torturous initiation.

Will Billy leave as a man or a boy? And what shocking gifts from the bush does Mallee and Pindaari come up with to send him on his way? Wicked!

About books 1 to 3 of the URBAN HUNTERS series
Where it all begins ...
‘Great Young Adult book!’ Dannie, USA
‘Really exciting!’ Holly, USA
Action Adventure #5 UK, #10 USA Amazon
The URBAN HUNTERS series follows the adventures and misadventures of Billy, an Aboriginal boy from the bush and Amber, a white girl from the back alleys of Sydney as they search for a new future. 
‘Love your Aussie setting.’ Linda, USA
Could a kangaroo foil Billy’s older brother’s attempts to turn him into a galah? Well, not alone it couldn’t, but add a blanket of bats, a mouthful of maggots and a crystal cave to the mix, and he just might stand a chance. Time to unleash the warrior within and grow up.
‘I was cracking up laughing. It’s really good!!’ Kris, Australia
The spirit of Billy’s mother wants him to go walkabout through the whitefella culture, to find some girls and a future for his clan. He doesn’t want to go. She can’t be ignored. Now he’s faced with the fight of his life against wildlife and a torturous initiation. 
Billy’s search for girls begins, if only he knew what one looked like and he had a decent pair of pants to wear. 
Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could, he could fall in love ...  
‘Love your writing. Vivid and visual. Every word created a picture in my mind and it was a joy to read.’ Jessica, USA 
‘Truly enjoyable! I can’t wait to check out the next in the series ...’ Cassie, USA

“I really loved Billy and his adventures. I can’t remember when I last read a story with such an original and likeable character. Billy is tribal but contemporary, he’s funny but seriously determined. Billy is all about outwitting his brothers with some hilarious pranks, and he’s all about saving his tribe by heading off to the big unknown city to find some girls.
I laughed with Billy, I cheered him on and I learnt so much about indigenous Australian culture and survival. After reading the first three books in the Urban Hunters series, I have a whole new appreciation for the Australian bush and Billy’s tribe.
This writer has done something rare – he’s come up with something so original that I can’t even compare it to other books. It stands alone. And his humour is really sensational – just when I think I can’t laugh anymore, he twists the tale just another little bit and notches the hilarity up even further.
Can’t wait for the next book in this series – hurry up Gary Taaffe, get it uploaded!”
5 Star Review by Jack Scribble, Australia
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Friday, 7 September 2012

Kindle Serials The Urban Hunters Series



To participate or not? I’m 4 episodes into my 13 part Urban Hunters series and Kindle’s news about the launch of their new program is exciting news, or is it? The possibility of it skyrocketing my series into the stratosphere is indeed inviting, or will it do that anyway without me giving away such a large piece of the pie? It’s well on its way now. 

I love the control and the vastly superior royalties I get from self-publishing. What Amazon is offering is basically traditional publishing which has had nothing but bad press lately, and for very good reason. Authors are treated badly and paid pathetically, which is better than nothing if you don’t have the nous to develop your own self-publishing business model. I’ve done all of that and more so why switch now? You never know what tomorrow will bring, and this news has certainly sent my day into a spin.
 
They’re saying you can buy the series for $1.99, which gets you all the episodes to date, with each new episode being added wirelessly to your existing Kindle ebook, at no extra charge. My whole 13 part series for $1.99?? You’ve got to be kidding me! How can an author make a living from that? And where is the incentive to continue the series? Granted, the $1.99 is an introductory price, so obviously the price will rise. Phew! But will it be enough? And what royalty can I expect?

I will look into it to see what the offer is, and what their plans are. I’ll also be listening carefully to what others are saying. The problem is, this is all very time sensitive. First in best dressed as they say. There are currently only 8 series on offer, getting in early will be critical.  


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Thursday, 6 September 2012

FREE on Kobo this week only- FOUR SMALL STONES


FREE for this week only through Kobo so be quick. Here's the link.

FOUR SMALL STONES
#1 in the Urban Hunters series
Growing up, finding girls and saving the Dreamtime will have to wait; Billy has other problems to deal with at the moment.

Could a kangaroo foil his brother's attempts to turn him into a galah? Well, not alone it couldn't, but add a blanket of bats, a mouthful of maggots and a crystal cave to the mix, and he just might stand a chance. Four Small Stones, a game only a bunch of bored brothers from the bush could dream up. 

Jaw dropping. Sickening. Hilarious. Don't miss it.

And NEVER, EVER, eat one of Billy's biscuits. 



About books 1 to 3 of the URBAN HUNTERS series
Where it all begins ...
‘Great Young Adult book!’ Dannie, USA
‘Really exciting!’ Holly, USA
Action Adventure #5 UK, #10 USA Amazon
The URBAN HUNTERS series follows the adventures and misadventures of Billy, an Aboriginal boy from the bush and Amber, a white girl from the back alleys of Sydney as they search for a new future. 
‘Love your Aussie setting.’ Linda, USA
Could a kangaroo foil Billy’s older brother’s attempts to turn him into a galah? Well, not alone it couldn’t, but add a blanket of bats, a mouthful of maggots and a crystal cave to the mix, and he just might stand a chance. Time to unleash the warrior within and grow up.
‘I was cracking up laughing. It’s really good!!’ Kris, Australia
The spirit of Billy’s mother wants him to go walkabout through the whitefella culture, to find some girls and a future for his clan. He doesn’t want to go. She can’t be ignored. Now he’s faced with the fight of his life against wildlife and a torturous initiation. 
Billy’s search for girls begins, if only he knew what one looked like and he had a decent pair of pants to wear. 
Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could, he could fall in love ...  
‘Love your writing. Vivid and visual. Every word created a picture in my mind and it was a joy to read.’ Jessica, USA 
‘Truly enjoyable! I can’t wait to check out the next in the series ...’ Cassie, USA
“I really loved Billy and his adventures. I can’t remember when I last read a story with such an original and likeable character. Billy is tribal but contemporary, he’s funny but seriously determined. Billy is all about outwitting his brothers with some hilarious pranks, and he’s all about saving his tribe by heading off to the big unknown city to find some girls.
I laughed with Billy, I cheered him on and I learnt so much about indigenous Australian culture and survival. After reading the first three books in the Urban Hunters series, I have a whole new appreciation for the Australian bush and Billy’s tribe.
This writer has done something rare – he’s come up with something so original that I can’t even compare it to other books. It stands alone. And his humour is really sensational – just when I think I can’t laugh anymore, he twists the tale just another little bit and notches the hilarity up even further.
Can’t wait for the next book in this series – hurry up Gary Taaffe, get it uploaded!”
5 Star Review by Jack Scribble, Australia
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