On December 31, the first of a six-part erotic serial, Surrender to Temptation by Lauren Jameson was released . You can read Jen’s reviews of each installment as they are released. We’re pleased to have Lauren Jameson as our guest today talking about Writing A Serialized Novel.
Though I never seriously thought about trying to write until five years ago, when I look back now, I’m probably the only one who is surprised at my career choice. How I missed the signs that were screaming at me over the years, I don’t know, I’m just glad that I finally listened. I love what I do.
That said… being a writer isn’t easy. Sitting down at the computer doesn’t mean the words start to flow. There are days when spitting out those sentences is downright painful. You know the ones—the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, dinner burns, you’re out of coffee, the last thing you want to do is write but you signed a contract so you have to hit your word count for the day.
And let me tell you, a hundred thousand words (an average single title romance novel) is a lot of words.
This summer I went to the national RWA conference in Anaheim. It was there that I met my buddy Sara Fawkes. Sara has had great success with her serialized tale, Anything He Wants. She was kind enough to share her experience with me, and it started the wheels turning. I loved that it could be written in sections and worked around my other deadlines. I liked that each section was a novella in itself. I really liked that the format was different.
In the airport on the way home, I started plotting. A week later, I discussed the idea with my agent. We agreed that we would self publish it. Not long after that, my agent got me a wonderful deal for my full novel Blush at NAL/ Penguin. While she and my editor were hashing out my option clause, this serial that I’d been plotting came up.
Turned out that, not only was this serial thing a fun change for writers, but readers liked them. They sold well.
As the mom of a young son, I understood. A serial installment can be read in one sitting, which is often all that I have time for.
And there began the journey to Surrender to Temptation. Quite often, it’s a year or more from the time the contract is signed until the book actually hits the shelves. In this case, I was finished the last round of edits on the final installments only a couple of weeks before Part 1 came out… that’s right, not even a month ago. As an author, that’s really, really exciting. I’m still feeling the buzz from writing it while I’m promoting it, and that’s unusual and, in a word, awesome.
Bottom line, I hope everyone likes reading Surrender to Temptation as much as I loved writing it. I’m hooked on the serial format now, both reading and writing them, and I hope that it sticks around.
Here’s my question. What do you, the reader, think about serial novels?
The first two installments of the Surrender to Temptation serial are available now, the next will be released January 15.