Cinnamon Serialization, Issue 2–Now Available for Downloading
Hi! And Happy New Year! And yes, I know I’m late with this second issue of Cinnamon’s free serialization. Please accept my apology and my commitment to stay on schedule from this point forward. (I have lots of great reasons for the delay, but none of them matter if you’re one of those who’s been waiting for the next installment). Again, I’m sorry I slipped off track.
There will be five more free issues released one per week, on Mondays. You can find the second issue, just uploaded, at http://www.filedby.com/author/cheri_laser/2721580/documents/24778382/. Please let me know if you’re giving this a try.
And please also let me know if you’re doing something similar with your own work. I’d love to check yours out as well.
The free serialization isn’t the only part of the plan that suffered during December. But I’m securely back on the road again (and trying to regain some ground). The post-beta-readers edit of Separation of Faith is underway and now involves the writing of an additional chapter.
I learned an important lesson from this part of the process. Because I’m so sensitive to the fact that Cinnamon is too long as a first novel (even though many Cinnamon lovers disagree), I was really scrutinizing my word count on Separation of Faith. And because I was worried that I was pushing up against the “length envelope,” I took a shortcut.
Several parts of the book flash back to the mid and late 1940’s, enabling the reader to see the characters and experience those elements of the story firsthand in that era. But flashing back takes a lot of time to write because of the research involved to make the setting, events, and even the fashions authentic. This technique also adds length to the book.
So, instead of writing the last of those segments in flashback, I created a dinner setting where an older character tells younger characters what happened back then. This enabled me to include the necessary elements of the story while minimizing the word count. However, my beta readers told me that they love my flashbacks and that I really missed the mark by not taking them back for that final segment.
Thus, the new chapter–and thus, I’ll never do that again. I knew at the initial writing that I was compromising the way the story needed to be told in exchange for a shorter word count. And now I’m taking the time to do what I should have done in the first place.
Lesson: Readers don’t want to be told what happens in a story. They want to experience what happens, as if they were inside the story themselves. If satisfying that need adds to the word count, then so be it.
These should start improving again, now that I’m really back.
- Hits on this blog: 737 (last posting–677)
- Hits on my website: 34,967 (last posting–34,820)
- Cinnamon’s Amazon ranking: 2,250,851 (last posting–1,608,293) Yikes!
Once this plan (see launch posting on November 4) starts to gain speed (which will begin just prior to the release of the re-edited, shorter, 2nd edition of Cinnamon in early 2nd quarter, I hope), there should be a major shift in these numbers, if I’m doing even half of the plan effectively.
But that’s what this experiment is all about, right? And we’ll all be able to follow everything that happens together.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to hearing from you and to visiting you as I surf around.