An Experiment in Regards to The Man From Newella

by Brandon

One of my goals as a writer is to find innovative ways to deliver fun stories to my readers.  When it comes to The Man From Newella and Day Soldiers, I’ve found myself with a bit of a dilemma.

I’m enjoying writing The Man From Newella. I like the concept of serial shorts and I plan to stick to that formula for the Newella series.

However, I also want to revisit the world of Day Soldiers.  The Day Soldiers trilogy is picking up quite a bit of steam, which makes me think folks might enjoy going back to that world. I’m definitely happy to provide those stories. I have an entire trilogy of full-length novels (called The Topian Chronicles) waiting to be written.

The problem is time.

Writing full length novels requires time, effort, and devotion. While I want to go back to Topia, I don’t want to leave anybody hanging in regards to Newella.

After quite a bit of thought on this, I’ve come up with what I believe is a fun way to do both.

I’d love to know what you think about the idea.

Basically, The Man From Newella would be continued as an online serial here at Books From Hale. It would have its own page with an episode listing.

Episode One (The Sheriff’s Tale) would still remain on Amazon and its 99 cent price tag would basically be the admission price for the entire series.

Once a week (probably on Fridays), a new episode would be posted on the Newella page, starting with Episode Two. These episodes would be absolutely free and just read right on the site. Each one would be about 2000 words or so (short story length).

Doing a once-a-week episode of Newella would free me up to spend the other days of the week working on The Topian Chronicles novels.

So what do you think?

Would it be neat to pay 99 cents for the first novella, then every Friday come to the Newella site to read the other adventures for free?

I’d love to know what you think. If you’re feeling kind enough to give feedback, I’d love it if you’d share your opinion about the idea in the comments section below.

If the overwhelming response is that you – the readers – would prefer every episode be longer (around 12,000 words, like the first episode) and be on Amazon, I’ll of course do that. But if you’d prefer free, shorter episodes posted once a week on a Newella page, I’ll do that while also getting back to work on The Topian Chronicles.

So sound off. Do you like this idea? It’s unusual, I admit, but it could be a fun experiment.



p.s. You can pick up the first episode of The Man From Newella over at Amazon right now for 99 cents and you can get the first Day Soldiers novel at Amazon absolutely free!


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