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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

It’s that time again! (Actually, it’s technically two months time again… so I’ll summarize the past two months).

First of all, Happy New Year! šŸ˜€

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). After discussing the plot with Isaac, we ultimately decided to cut a couple of the planned sub-plots in order to focus more specifically on what should be the stronger plot. Thanks to holiday travel, we now have quite a few ideas for the updated outline. I’m scrapping the original rough draft I did for this one and starting fresh.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Still not enough data to know for sure if the new cover is doing better, but it does look like a possibility. Ultimately, I plan to update the other two covers and see how those do.

Galina’s Saga – Part TwoĀ (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner:Ā (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits). On the bright side, I’ve discovered that it might fit well into the gaslamp fantasy genre. I’ll be keeping that in mind once I return to revisions.

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). First few chapters need revisions, and then the rest of the rough draft needs to be written.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): First part of rough draft needs heavy revision, and then rest of rough draft needs written.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Almost finished with the Hahven-Alia cross-over story. A new story will be starting soon.

The Restless Sands of Neel Book CoverThe Restless Sands of Neel (Ro’nor’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): The cover for this story is complete, and the title is The Restless Sands of Neel. It will be a novella, around 23,000 words. I have notes back from the beta-readers, so I’ll be applying their suggestions, doing the read-aloud, and then proofreading it. Release date is scheduled for late January, and the pre-orders are in the process of uploading to the various sites.

Next up for revision is Hahven’s story. The plan is to release a Legends of Cirena short story or novella every two months starting with The Restless Sands of Neel. šŸ™‚

“MOG”:Ā On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: I’m currently 8,000 words into the rough draft, and intend to finish it by the end of January.

Book four has a chosen fairy tale, but needs outlined.

Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes, though a bit of beta-testing occurred for one of the games during the holidays.

Space Adventure Comic: I had a little moment of productivity a couple months ago, which gave Isaac and me enough to work with in terms of ironing out a few more details regarding the presentation. I still need to apply those notes, though.

It’s quite a ways off from publication, but here’s another peek at one of the rough pages (still needs words added… and polishing for lighting…):

SBibb Space Comic Page Sneak Peek

 

Emberverse (Working Title): 71,000 words total complete for NaNoWriMo, for the first six short stories. Started as a for-fun project, but I’m really enjoying putting this one together. It’s a series of short stories, each one ranging between 8,000 to 15,000 words. I’m planning to release it as a serial, with each episode containing two of the short stories. They’ll also be illustrated using Daz renderings I’ve created:

SBibb - Emberverse - The Awakening

(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my new Instagram account).

I’m pretty sure it’s going to be classified as gaslamp fantasy… sort of like steampunk, but with a heavier emphasis on the paranormal/magical.

It will likely be a while before it releases, since I want to get a few more of the short stories complete before beginning to release them.

Marketing: I’m planning to make a bit bigger push with the BookFunnel promos and tweaking my newsletters over the next few months. Probably not all at once, but I’m starting to look at how to improve those. In addition, I intend to return to doing the weekly book promo highlights on this blog.

I’ve also started an Instagram account which will primarily have short excerpts from work-in-progress projects and various renders I’ve been working on. At the moment, most of them are from the Emberverse project (so if you want to keep up with that project, definitely follow me there).

LitRPG / GameLit Story:Ā On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Proofreading a manuscript, and working on formatting/cover design for two separate projects.

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Happy writing and reading! šŸ™‚

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Thoughts on Writing – What does a Serial Episode need?

While waiting for the final round of beta comments on Magic’s Stealing (there areĀ a lot of waiting phases… which is why it is really helpful to have another project on hand), I’ve beenĀ working on editing The Multiverse Chronicles.

As I’ve said before, The Multiverse Chronicles is a set of short stories written by my husband, which I then reviseĀ and edit. Our current goal is to have twenty-four episodes in the first season, which will be released weekly over a period of six months.

There are a few specificĀ challenges associated with this project. While all the episodes must fit together as a whole (and I’m not sure I’d recommend reading them out of order), they each need to stand alone on some level.

The reason is this: Not everyone who might stumble upon the Multiverse blog will read them from the very beginning, and readers who do start from the beginning may miss a week. While each episode stands alone, Isaac and I must decide how much information to remind a reader of in each episode (since we don’t want to remind them that Alia is the bodyguard of Prince Alfons every episode–that would get monotonous very quickly if they’re reading the full season all at once).

So what do I want us to achieve in our upcoming serial blog series?

Each episode needs to be compelling. There needs to be:

  • A strong sense of character, and relationships between characters.
  • Both humor and serious notes… usually involving some bit of quirkiness.
  • A strong sense of world-building.
  • Conflict and/or tension.
  • A reasonable beginning, middle, and end.
  • Something that propels this episode into the next.

With these core elements, I believe each episode has the potential to draw a reader back the next week, or, if they aren’t interested in serial fiction, maybe get them intrigued by the complete volume of season one (which needs to be complete in itself while opening up questions of interest for season two).

Isaac and IĀ intend to have the entire first season written Ā (at least a rough draft), as well asĀ the first four episodes polished, before releasing the first episode. This way we have a month’s worth of episodes ready to release without worrying about what happens if we run into a snag while polishing a later episode. Of course, I’m hopingĀ we will have the majority of the season polished beforehand, but we’ll see. I’ve also got to continue writing the rough draft of the second book in The Wishing Blade series.

Will this work? Can we successfully imbue each episode with these elements? Will readers enjoy The Multiverse Chronicles?

Hard to say until we start releasing episodes, but if I think that if weĀ keep the above ideas in mind, I’ll have a decent guide to work from as I edit each episode.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any serial stories that you’ve enjoyed? Are there certain traits of serial fiction that you like or dislike?

 

Further Reading About Writing Serial Fiction:

http://tuesdayserial.com/?p=2032

http://riptidepublishing.com/faq/all-about-serial-fiction

http://thewritepractice.com/serial-novels/

http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2013/04/how-to-write-episodic-serialized-fiction.html

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Write-Serial-Fiction—The-Four-Keys&id=6243275

http://www.justinmclachlan.com/1948/5-tips-writing-serial-fiction/

http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/24/serial-fiction/

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/04/what-downton-abbey-can-teach-us-about.html

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