Earlier this month, unbeknownst to me because of spectacular inability to check email, the very first place to publish something I wrote shut down. Jukepop Serial started a whole bunch of really amazing authors (still no idea how/why they picked my story, but it was pretty cool nonetheless). The site no longer exists, likey because its authors (read: me) did absolutely nothing to promote visitation. Sorry.
It was a really, really fun experience to submit that first chapter of Wren, wait ten days, get an acceptance email and start writing a superhero adventure in a serial format. While I was actively writing the serial I gained a few regular readers and chit-chatted with them over Twitter and email. Thanks to Wren, I gained exposure and had my full book, Pendleton Connor Claims the Sky picked up by an indie publisher (but, please don’t buy it ’cause that publisher should not get any money ever and I republished it on my own – once the original contract expired- as The Egress and the Jupiter Cult, but the first title was so much cooler). From all that came this blog, a number of self published books, writing for Project Nerd for regular movie reviews, and so, so many started stories that have stalled out.
Wren started it all though. I’m sad to see Jukepop go, but the serial fiction boom they helped re-invigorate is still going strong. I have no idea what to do with Wren now. Frankly, I just don’t like most of the later chapters and have no energy to redo it. The start though, good golly, that start is still pretty dang good if I do say so myself. Jukepop paid a certain amount per word up to $100 and thanks to the power of math, that full $100 came if your accepted story was 5,000 words to start. Incredibly unfriendly to the internet reading audience. The number of readers from chapter 1 to chapter 2 dropped about 60%. It was a crazy idea to start off with such a wall of text.
Here now, the first thing I ever had published.
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