The Future of the New Devil

So here's the deal:  I'd like to stop doing the New Devil as a web serial.

I'm tired of the schedule I've set for myself and I'd also like to bring the story to a wider audience, so I'm planning to adapt the series into ebooks.  Because those of you who have been reading along and supporting this have been getting it for free for two and a half years, I thought it would probably be a good idea to get your thoughts on everything.

What I'd like to do:

  • I want to release The New Devil as a set of novellas of about 20,000 words each.  The first one would be about Jason fighting for dominance, the second about the plot to massacre his funeral attendees, the third about the threat of Lucifer's Firstborn, etc.  The current storyline is probably somewhere in the sixth or seventh volume.
  • I want to stop updating this site.  The schedule I'm on isn't always conducive to good writing because I'm not always in the mood to work on this particular project even though I have self-imposed deadlines to meet (I am still floored by the massive quantity of great updates George Frost of The Zombie Knight is capable of).  I'd like to work on new updates at a different pace and give myself enough time to wrap a storyline up and revise it as a whole before releasing it for consumption.
  • I want to distribute these ebooks through both Amazon and Smashwords (which will put it out to the Nook, Sony and iTunes stores, among others) both to broaden the audience and, of course, to make a little bit of money from it.

What I'd like not to do:

  • I don't want to end your free access to these stories.  If you wish to continue reading, I should be able to post a coupon code at this site that will allow you to purchase a new volume from Smashwords for free...the only problem is you'd need to sign up for Smashwords.  Alternatively, I could simply make them free for the first few weeks everywhere except Amazon (Amazon can be difficult sometimes).  I'm open to suggestions here.  But most of all, I don't want to be that guy who says, "Surprise!  After reading along for free for all these months, I'm going to make you fork over some cash if you want to read the ending!"  
  • I don't want to leave you hanging.  If you're not interested in continuing past this blog (which I hope doesn't happen), I want you to have some kind of conclusion.  I'm not entirely sure at what point my last update would post (could be in two weeks, could be in six months, I'm still figuring it out), but I want to find a good stopping point for you guys.  Obviously I won't be able to tie up all the loose ends for a series that will continue (albeit in a slightly different medium), but at least I can drop you at the end of volume six or something instead of in the middle of the action.
  • I don't want to make huge changes, although I'm in the process of editing and revising the last two and a half years of posts.  I'm fixing a lot of things, including continuity and flow and lots of spelling and grammar errors.  I've added scenes, removed a few, and fleshed out the involvement of some of the characters.  But the overarching plot and the progression of the events has remained pretty much the same.  If you go from the end of this blog to the beginning of the next book in the series, you should still have an acceptable understanding of what's going on.
If you're a fan of Jason's adventures and you have an opinion or a question about all this, please comment and let me know your thoughts.  I've pretty much decided that this is what I'm going to do, but I'd like to do it in a way that isn't a slap in the face to you guys.  So I'd appreciate your input.  

And, as always, thanks for reading!

Alex

6 comments:

  1. That sounds fair, as long as I eventually get to see the ending of it all. =)

    No need to burn yourself out. I'm amazed most serial writers just don't make a post of "I'm done. I have enough dead lines and things in my life, that I don't need to complicate it any further with writing I've fallen out of love with." or something akin to that.

    Happy writing.

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  2. 100% understandable, I wouldnt object to paying for the novellas, I love the storyline and woudl love to see where its going ...

    Mabey a %reduction in cost or 2 for 1 deal or somthing for the longtime readers ?

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    1. I appreciate the response!

      There will definitely need to be some kind of deal for longtime readers, but I'm thinking the best and fairest deal would be offering it for free...

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  3. The main thing I'm worried about is the timeframe of release. I am not on Twitter to follow you, so depending on the timing of the releases, I may very well forget about this for who knows how long. There are things I used to read that I cannot remember the names of to even return to them that went on a hiatus and stopped updating.

    I understand your desire to change things, and the decision to be made is yours. The other thing is whether or not you want to maintain this site so we have a place to come to voice compliments and complaints (I kind of wonder how much of both you get).

    If nothing else, you could still use this site to post excerpts, samples, or what have you.
    RD

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    1. Yeah, I did forget to mention that I planned on maintaining this site in some form or another. Excerpts is a pretty good idea that I hadn't thought of.

      I don't know if you're one of the readers who subscribes by email, but I figured that if the time between releases stretches out too far, I could recommend using that "Follow by Email" form at the top of the page. Then whenever I do release a new volume, I could mention it here, and you'd receive an email telling you about it. I've had the same problem you've had with forgetting a few web things that go on hiatus, so I totally understand where you're coming from, there.

      Thanks to all of you for your replies and your understanding. Anyone else with anything to say should feel free to chime in!

      And, as always, thanks for reading.

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