The return of the serial

Serial fiction is nothing new. After all, Charles Dickens did it with the Pickwick Papers way back in 1836, and you can be sure he wasn't the first. But just as in most things, everything old is new again in regard to fiction. That's right, serial fiction is back in a big way. You might have heard, in Amazon's recent press event, about their new kindle line, Kindle Serials. It looks pretty promising, but another company actually beat them to the punch, and in my opinion, they've got a better game plan. At least it's a better game plan for the indie author. It's a new site called Juke Pop Serials.

Where Juke Pop differs from Amazon, is that they are accepting submissions for story starters, and allowing readers to rate and give immediate feedback to authors. Essentially, accepted authors will post their work in single chapters at least once a month. Then the readers can find stories they like, read them, and rate them. They can also tell the author what they liked or didn't like. This gives the author a chance to use reader suggestions to appeal to their audience. Of course, the author isn't required to alter the story based on reader input, but I think it might make for an interesting and dynamic story partnership.

As you may know, from reading my blog, I've been working on a novel for some time. I am still working on it, but I've had several other story lines knocking around in my head that are just dying to get out. This might be a nice chance for them to run free, while also forcing me to stick to a writing schedule. Of course, they aren't just allowing writers to post anything they want. You have to submit the first installment, up to 5,000 words, for review by their editorial team. I submitted my first story last week, and I actually got a response from a real person today. She just emailed to confirm that they received my story, and that they will get back with me regarding their decision once they've reviewed my work. They also informed me that, because the program has been so popular, they are quite backlogged. So I may not get an answer, not even a no, until the end of the year, but at least they let me know. That's more than can be said for a lot of places where an author might submit his work.

The site isn't open to readers yet. They are still narrowing down all of the stories that will be published to the site for the beta release. I imagine they will have it open to everyone near the end of the year. In the meantime, they are still taking submissions, and you can submit up to three story starters. Here's a sample cover for the story I submitted...




Comments

  1. Juke Pop Serials does sound intriguing, thanks for posting about it. Your story sample cover looks pretty cool :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I'm really looking forward to the launch of Jukepop. One of my stories is actually going to appear on it.

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  3. That's awesome, Nathaniel. I'll definitely be looking out for it when the site launches. Thanks for stopping by.

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