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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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyn Brooks April 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I am torn about this Bran. I really am. I think you should be paid for your work. I wish there was a way you could do both, write both with regular updates and get paid for them on Amazon…


Ken Fisher May 12, 2013 at 1:50 AM

I agree with Ms. Brooks, but… I just read the excellent Day Soldiers and it will be months before I can afford to read the rest of the series. Honestly, I’m hoping my library has them. I’d buy the first episode at .99 or 1.99 knowing I’d get to read the rest.

Either way, thanks for providin’ Day Soldiers to the masses :D, it was a great read.


Brandon May 12, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Thanks, Ken. I’ll do my best to keep ‘em coming.


Mickey Johnson May 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I really did enjoy Day Soldiers. The book was well written, grabbing one attention at the start and holding tight to the very end. I will be adding the other two books as well as the manual to my collection. I do agree that you should be paid for your efforts. To me its not so much what the public wants because they are going to want free, its what you feel able to do.


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