A Journey Into Writing Episodic Fiction (Part 1)

The first novel for my Young Adult Fiction epic series Dorian Delmontez was written about two years ago. At some point in the last twelve months I got the bright idea:

I should introduce people to the world and the series by writing a short episodic fiction prequel involving supporting characters from the main storyline.

Yes, essentially I added another few months of work before I actually release the Dorian Delmontez books. But, there were a few benefits to it.

Kid reading Kindle

One in particular is realizing that there is a decent sized audience for short, episodic fiction especially in the eBook universe.

The very first thing I did was check out if any short stories or episodic short series sold on Amazon. Lindsay Buroker had a few listed on her blog.

There are a few others that seem to do well in sales:

Matchmakers 2.0
The Corbin Brothers
The Sanctuary Series

Kindle handles eBook series (or Serials as they’re sometimes called) much like TV shows. Each book or chapter is handled as an episode and you have the option of releasing them all at one time – ala Netflix – or release the series over a number of weeks, months – ala traditional television which is weekly.

While I have still yet to consider which format is best, I am leaning towards the weekly release schedule.

Netflix has made “binge” consumption of entertainment a new thing but in respect to eBooks, where it does take time for some readers to get through episodes, getting the next release might be a more exciting avenue to go down.

Readers could download book one and then each week when a new episode is released they will be notified, which helps to reinforce the brand and the name of your work in their mind.

The next blog post I’ll talk about how I structured my upcoming eBook series as the flow of such stories is different than traditional novels or short stories.

The Brothers Locke – an 8 episode Young Adult Fantasy series is available January 1, 2017.