Ryan Blackwell Plans

Ryan Blackwell is the protag in By Darkness Revealed. He’s also the viewpoint character for “Cat Fight”, a short story which will be appearing in the not-too-distant future in an anthology.  With one short novel just about done, and a short story as well, my mind has naturally been shifting toward what else to do with him?
Well, as far back as November I was already planning to write more novels.  The 40-50k word novel seems to fit his stories well so far.  Short – fast – episodic content.  Lots of hard-hitting magical action packed into short spaces.  I started the second novel late last year, and I’ve picked it up again this week to finish it.  But I’ve also been looking at the short story I wrote, liking the look of it, and realizing the shorts are just another good way to mix it up with this character.
So I put in 2000 words tonight on another short story, this one set between two novels (“Cat Fight” is set after the second novel).  When done, I’ll have a novel – short story – novel – short story tempo that should work pretty well.  I’ve already got the rough idea in my head for novel #3, in fact.  And with the speed I can get short stories out and printed, this short should release almost the same time as By Darkness Revealed.  Nothing like getting a couple of complementary works up right on top of each other.
This sort of serialized fiction is something I’ve thought about a lot.  I still have some regular, full length novels I want to do, including getting back to the science fiction trilogy I’ve started.  But I think serials have a lot of promise in the ebook world.  They’re pretty fast to write.  They promise good, reliable, fun reads.  And they can be priced at a level that makes them an easy purchase (Darkness and other short novels will start off at $2.99 for ebook formats; the short stories will be 99 cents when I release them as singles).
I’ve got a new concept for a serialized work that I’ve been tinkering with in my subconscious for a couple of months now.  It’s an extension of the same sort of idea.  I’ll go into more detail about my thoughts for that – a real serial fiction, not just a string of related novels and shorts – in my next post.


4 Replies to “Ryan Blackwell Plans”

    1. More venues are always welcome. Is AD fairly new? Looks from the site like you’ve just started up fairly recently. Nice (pretty typical, for most ebook retail sites) terms. Best of luck – no way I could possibly see more ebook retailers as a bad thing. 😉

    1. More venues are always welcome. Is AD fairly new? Looks from the site like you’ve just started up fairly recently. Nice (pretty typical, for most ebook retail sites) terms. Best of luck – no way I could possibly see more ebook retailers as a bad thing. 😉

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