Looking for your advice

http://www.williamburleson.com

 

I need to see what you think.

I have a little project in mind.

Well, “little” does not describe it.

Bottom line: I’m thinking about blogging out three stories.

I wrote three stories set on Block E in Downtown Minneapolis in 1979. Actually, I wrote more than three, but let’s start with three. One is about a marginal guy whose life looks up when his blind father comes to town. The second is about two guys working in a porno theater who pick a bad day to get stoned. The third is about a young woman under the influence of a street preacher, and her life is turned upside down when she sees someone die. All three stories are linked through time and place, and most importantly, by the characters playing a role in each other’s stories.

Fun, right?

Here’s the problem. They are too long to be short stories, and way too short to be novels or even novellas. They are, simply, unpublishable by any normal publishing model.

So, what I’m thinking is, break them into 52 segments, and blog them piece by piece one story after another. Readers can subscribe and have each short segment emailed to them weekly. People coming across this project part way through can catch up on my web site. Meanwhile, I’ll make the stories available in their entirety on my web site as eBooks or in hard copy for purchase for as cheap as possible, for those who are enjoying the stories but don’t want to wait for the next installment.

Genius, right?

Right?

Or maybe not. There’s a lot of noise out there in internet land. One more thing coming at you in the ol’ Gmail.

So, here’s my question: Would you—yes, you, reading this now—would you subscribe? Would you sign up for something like this and see what you think? There is no shortage of free content online, but how about getting a segment of a serialized story in your inbox once a week?

4 thoughts on “Looking for your advice

  1. My gut feel is that I’d enjoy the idea of installments. Then, 3-4 weeks in, I’d go to read the whole thing. This isn’t bad!! Kind of a cool way to get into a story. My two cents is yes to installments and yes to having it all available for when people get hooked and then the installments might seem like they’re being forced to read too slow (if that comes up, not sure it would). Cheers!

  2. Hi, Bill! I think this is a good idea.  But, you might want to reconsider the idea of them being too long for short stories/too short for novellas and/or novels.  The reason I say that is that over the years I’ve read many Stephen King books — some of the most enjoyable were the ones that had four novellas in them (I think one of them was called “Four Past Midnight” or something like that).  Whatever you decide, I’d definitely like to read them. Are you in contact with Helen Raleigh at all?  I spoke with her yesterday because I’d received a sad email from her the day before.  Her husband suddenly died while they were out to eat.  I feel so bad for her and her family. I hope all is well with you and Maryann and that you’re having a good spring/summer. Mike

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  3. Yeah. I’d subscribe. glenn shifflet

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