Readers, what sort of serials do you want? Writers, do you have a serial book in you?
November 12, 2012
We are well into VG Serials now with eight underway written by seven worn-out authors. The public response has been overwhelming, and each work is finding its following, or, maybe the right term is its wallowing.
In order to keep the serial fires going, we are encouraging fiction writers to submit proposals for future VG Serials.
At VG Serials, we will consider a wide range of genres. Although we aren’t interested in erotica, almost anything else goes. Literary fiction, thrillers, suspense, romance, science fiction, paranormal, young adult, Christian fiction, horror–you name it, and we want to see it.
We believe readers are wide-open to this renaissance of serial writing. It is ready-made for digital reading devices. The short chapters mimic TV episodes and leave readers wanting more. Who doesn’t love a cliffhanger that makes him wait to see how the hero will fight his way out of his latest woes?
Several of our authors have suffered nervous breakdowns over the course of the last six weeks or so. It is a small price to pay. I mean, if it were easy, anyone could do it.
What we are looking for are writers who are committed to the craft. At the very least, they must be prepared to submit a chapter per week of approximately 750-1,000 words. Without these regular additions to the story, we fear readers will lose interest in the serial and search for something they can depend on, come hell or high water.
Of course this means that things like Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and other such trivia must take their rightful, secondary, places in the great hierarchy of being.
Long live serials.
If you think you have a serial in you, please drop us note to [email protected]. Your submission should include a one-page synopsis of the story as you envision it, the first chapter and a brief author bio.
This is a volunteer gig, but it is not without its rewards. We believe VG serials are a great way for Indie authors to build their brand, their fan base. VG Serials authors retain full rights to their works. The expectation is that as people read regular offerings from these writers, they will follow the authors’ other works as well and perhaps purchase the completed serial once it becomes available as an e-book.
And it gives us at VG fresh content for discerning readers.
It’s a win-win for readers and writers alike.
We would also love to hear from our readers. What genres would you like to see on VG Serials? What frequency do you prefer for each new chapters? Once per week? Twice per week? One a day? Two a day?
Only Caleb Pirtle can do that.