I was delighted when author Kia Zi Shiru asked me to be involved in the blog tour for her new novella, Black Sheep. The following post details her experience of publishing a serial online. I must say I am in love with the cover. Enjoy!
blog today, Lorraine. Today I will be talking a bit about some of the
decisions I made to publishing Black Sheep as a novella.
to publish Black Sheep as an ebook. I thought that because it
is already an online serial I couldn’t just publish and expect
people to pay for it. After some more thoughts (and realising that my
original plan for publishing last year’s NaNoWriMo story wouldn’t
work) I decided to publish it as an ebook anyway. Because I had found
that there were actually pretty convincing arguments to do it against
the very few arguments to not do it.
is a finished work, I have three ebooks I can release within a decent
time span without making fans worry about if I would finish the
trilogy. A lot of people don’t like to start a series that is not
finished. I can promise people that I won’t abandon the series
halfway through or anything like that because it is already finished.
Even if I would suddenly die, or fall ill, the other two novellas
could still get published (after some editing). There is no chance
that the reader would be left hanging and not know how it ends.
reason, marketing. I could learn some marketing tricks with Black
Sheep and see how it all works without having to worry about what
my marketing audience was going to be. I already have experience with
the target audience, I know how they usually respond to it. This
means that I can focus more on trying to get people outside of the
target audience interested in the story. Black Sheep is not a
story I can easily put in categories and this has always meant that
even though I have a couple of quite loyal fans I’ve also had
trouble finding the perfect audience for it.
ebooks I open the story up to a lot of people who would have
otherwise never found it. Black Sheep is in no way traditional
and even though the online world seems to be quite forgiving about
that, I know that the general public might have more trouble with it.
But I’m trying anyway because I know Black Sheep is worth
it: it was already available online. To me it had always been a
strong argument until I realised I could add things to this ebook
that wasn’t available for my serial readers, editing and extra
has an extra short story added to the end. One that hasn’t been
available before. This means that even for people who have already
read the serial there is still a bit that is new. For people who
haven’t read the serial it simply means they get a bit more than
just the chapters.
e-publishers getting editors involved before publishing a book
because I think that if you expect others to respect you enough to
buy something you should respect them by having a well polished
story. This includes editing. For me my own editing skills were good
enough for Black Sheep as an online serial, but not as a
published book. So I got myself an editor and she lovingly polished
it to something that is better than it was before.
publish and a lot of reasons to take the leap and show Black Sheep
to the larger public that epublishing gives. I think the ease of
downloading an ebook, the improved story and the extra short story
are totally worth the extra investment I made to also epublish Black
me the space on your blog to talk about why I published Black
Sheep as a novella.
English and Creative Writing in the UK. Amongst her interests she
finds writing, reading, doing research and learning different
languages (including but not limited to: English, Dutch, French,
German, HTML, Java, PHP and Assembly). Her writing and reading habits
include books with Young Adults, gay themes, strong female or
minority characters and fantasy elements (more often then not all at
the same time).
destructive environment, where the end of his last relationship
almost ended in tragedy, Vic’s mother decides to move them all to a
new town. Vic, glad at being able to start anew, takes the chance to
create an image that would make his last two years of high school a
best friend, Jack, kisses him on New Year’s Eve, something Vic has
been longing for and dreading in equal measure. Vic knows being gay
in high school can be hell, and he’s scared sweet and innocent Jack
won’t be able to handle him, or his past. It scares him more than
anything now that his past has come back to haunt
him, metaphorically and literally.
past as long as possible, knowing that when Jack finds out what
happened he will leave him.
everybody but him realises how strong Jack and his love for Vic
actually are. But is that enough for Vic to move on?
sky as people celebrated the New Year, hugging and kissing as they
went around the group. Suddenly he was there, in front of me,
stepping past my outstretched hand and leaning over. His
glance before he moved on. Then
classroom swells and someone calls out. “Wow,
blink, shaking my head to clear it of the
images as I look up. Jack
his face hidden behind his hair. My
guy that I remembered just a few seconds ago. In the week between the
New Year’s party and today he totally changed his style. His long
brown hair is now a raven black, his comfortable and worn jeans and
t-shirt now switched out for bondage pants and a body-hugging
feet, away from the stares of our classmates. When he reaches up to
push the hair away from his face I see the black nail polish and his
kohled eyes. His new look takes my breath away and I fall in love
with him for the second time.
our class flock around him, praising his daring change, making him
one of them changes her attention to me.
licks her lips at me and winks.
seat at the desk in
nod to him while
shape starts out vague but soon begins to
concentrate on detailing
then work my
responds after a
while. The small