Skip to main content

The Permanent Man Season 2 Update

It's hard to believe that a year ago around this time, I had written all 12 episodes of The Permanent Man. Some were already finalized and ready to go and a few still needed that last copy edit and cover made.

Fast forward to now and things are much different for Season 2. I've written almost the first four episodes of the season. None of them has been copy edited. And I don't have any covers made.

Yes. I'm way behind schedule.

Life does this thing where it gets busier. I have a family with three children. I have a full time job. And I have other personal responsibilities that take up my time. Writing is not a career. Writing can't take the ultimate priority for me. My approach to it has changed over the past few years. Now I write when I can and if I have the energy. It is a hobby.

A few months back, I began considering not publishing a second season of The Permanent Man. Demand wasn't there for it, nor the money. So unless I began getting a flood of emails asking where the second season is come November when I said it would be available, I wasn't going to worry about it.

But there's this nagging bit in my brain that wants to continue writing the season. I know it's impossible to release on November 11, 2014 and then have an episode ready every week for twelve weeks or so. My time won't allow for it. Where I used to write a lot a couple of years back, my personal life has changed that.

So what can I do?

I could release them still, as I complete them. But even this I didn't like. It reminded me of what I did with the first book in the Miscorrection Trilogy. No, sporadic and TBD releases for each episode wouldn't be fair to those who have read and enjoyed the series.

I came to the conclusion that I could maintain the "TV" style formatting of the show but rather than work on a week-to-week release for each episode, I would do it month-to-month. This gives me time to write each episode. Edit. Make a copy. Release. Start over again. It puts me ahead of schedule.

For those who have become fans of the series, you can still look forward to the first episode releasing on November 11, 2014. And I have to say, it's a great episode. As the cliffhanger ending of the first season hinted at, the series moves in a new direction. Patrick Hold is still trying to make his way home, of course. But with the series now set in ... oh, I better shut up. I wouldn't want any spoilers for those who plan to read Season 1 and those looking forward to Season 2.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"Ripple Loop" - A Kindle Vella Story

Ripple Loop I awake in darkness. Confused. How did I get here? Who am I? Of these things, I'm uncertain. A voice calls out to me, counting down to what I can only deduce is an inevitable conclusion. It says, "You have twenty-two minutes until the next displacement shift." Episode Titles Episode 1 - ...Until the Next Displacement Shift (free) Episode 2 -  ...To Enjoy an Awkward Hot Shower  (free) Episode 3 -  ...To Avoid Becoming a Tasty Morsel  (free) Episode 4 -  ...To Prove Yourself a Capable Mommy  (35 tokens) Episode 5 - ... Until You Unwittingly Become a Self-Traitor  (38 tokens) Episode 6 - ...To Travel Through Ducts to Escape Your Abductors  (37 tokens) Episode 7 -  ...Until All Your Mistakes Make You a Failure  (30 tokens) Episode 8 -  ...To Successfully Do It All Over Again  (35 tokens) Episode 9 -  ...To Be the Creator of Your Origin Story  (27 tokens) More to come! Available exclusively on Kindle Vella .

Designing a Book Cover - The Third Layer

In my last post, I spoke about "The Second Layer" of designing a book cover, which is making sure you title stands out well.  Now we head to "The Third Layer". This one probably will seem obvious and it complements "The Second Layer" . It is your author name. It's important that your author name be positioned and sized correctly. There are a few approaches to this. For well known authors—for instance Stephen King or James Patterson—having the author name prominent and big on the cover is good. The reason is, their names are so popular that the author name sells the book more so than the book title sells it. As a self-published author you could use this thought process for your cover to give the impression that you are a popular author. Of course, your mileage will vary with this approach. The other option is to not allow the author name to dominate the content. So you would want it to be smaller than the title. You could even make it barely noticeable

Kindle Vella - Episodic Content Incoming

Last week, Amazon announced a new feature coming to Kindle Direct Publishing. It's called Kindle Vella . What's different about this compared to what they already offer? Instead of the more traditional book path, such as novels, Kindle Vella is designed to offer up a story in bite-size chunks of episodic content. This content will range from 600 - 5,000 words long or a few minutes to around 25 minutes to read, if you want to break it up to a timeframe. Some other unique features about Kindle Vella are: The first three episodes of any story are automatically free After episode three, readers pay for the episodes with pre-purchased tokens Episode cost is based on the length of the story and will not cost more than 50 tokens An optional "Author Notes" section is available for the author to speak directly to the reader Episodes a reader likes can be give a Thumbs Up Once a week, readers can mark an episode as a "Fave" . The most faved stories will be featured i