Saturday, 19 May 2012
I'm very happy to announce that Jukepop Serials have picked up the first chapter of my as-yet untitled and as-yet unwritten novel. The working title has always been A Cure For The Itch, so we'll see if that sticks.
Here's a little bit about Jukepop:
Jukepop Serials is a new, community website for authors and readers of genre serial fiction. We love the literary tradition of serial writing that was massively popular in the 19th century, the type of writing where chapters are written and read in installments, benefitting both the writers and readers. We want to capture everything that is great about serial writing - only in a modern format for today's audience. We give our readers coins to tip the stories they like, and our writers receive real money for their serial start, if accepted, followed by the potential for monthly cash prizes for the top thirty serials based on reader tips.
The site looks fantastic, and I can't wait to see what the story section of it will look like when it goes live!
Here's the extract from my first chapter that they posted to Tumblr:
“He spat again and smiled. Another job come to an end, and right on cue he was getting nostalgic. It always went this way, didn’t it? Too long spent up in the air, noticing the things that were different about the airship, the things that weren’t right, even after all this time. Like how he couldn’t read the sky like he’d read the sea, didn’t know when a pocket of rough air was going to dump him on his arse, or how the ship sailed too smooth in calm air, didn’t roll with the waves like a boat would.”
I'm very excited about this, and interested to see what the experience of writing a serialized novel will be like. It's tempting to get the whole thing written in advance, but that's cheating - or, if not, it's certainly not in the spirit of the thing. So I'll plot and work on characters, but I won't do any writing until August when the site goes live. Watch this space!