Thanks to the mystical powers of NaNoWriMo, this wild and zany book tour across Europe has been wildly productive. In addition to getting two short stories wrapped up, I’ll also be coming home (Tuesday! Yay!) with some SAND in my back pocket. That’s right, the story is nearly complete, just another dozen or so chapters to write, which I should have filled in by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, I’ve done several passes over the first two parts of this story, and they are just one more pass away from going off to my copyeditor. I’m targeting December 15th for the release date of the first work, with each part coming out at two week intervals, the fourth and final part hitting near the end of January.
There is absolutely no reason to read this story as it releases. None whatsoever. If you wait until January, you can pick up the full novel for six bucks. (It’ll be a few cents cheaper if purchased individually, but it’ll also clog up your e-reader). I’m only releasing this work serially because I know quite a few people who will prefer to follow along on the journey as it unfolds. Part of the thrill of the original WOOL release was the chatter and speculation between episodes, akin to a season of some enjoyable TV show. Each story will wrap up a small part of the tale while introducing something new, and the anticipation and wait can be a lot of fun for some.
So, consume this story however you prefer. I’ll have some warnings on the product page to steer those who might be dissatisfied away. And the plan right now is to just do the serialized parts on Amazon, as it gets unwieldy to keep up with 4 issues going out to 4 or more vendors and making sure people understand how the story is being told in advance. If you don’t have a Kindle, their reading app installs on pretty much anything with a screen. You can read on your phone or iPad or computer. There will also be paperback versions of each of the short installments, but again, I would wait for the full novel to come out before buying a physical copy. Most of the price of a book is in the cover, so the four installments will cost more in paperback than the collected edition.
Okay, that’s the SAND news. It’ll start hitting soon and it’ll be done early next year. Read it how you see fit. Personally, I would wait if I were you. :)