Our 2013 Season and the Free Book Experiment
Hey there, fellow Goner,
In 2012, we wanted Collective Inkwell to do what no one else had done — to transport the scripted serial model we loved so much from TV over to the world of digital reading. This meant not only following the signposts of plot, character, suspense and — of course — cliffhangers, it meant sticking to an ambitious weekly release schedule. Like HBO, AMC, Showtime, or any other quality network, Collective Inkwell had a fresh “episode” each week, and when one “show” ended its season, we had another ready to go.
Last year we published two seasons of Yesterday’s Gone, Available Darkness, ForNevermore, WhiteSpace, Z 2134, and Monstrous — plus seven Dark Crossings short stories with killer endings.
AND NOW WE’RE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN!
Collective Inkwell is back for our 2013 season, and this year we’re promising readers an even bigger and better year, starting today!
Our prior serialized schedule followed the old TV model with the release of six episodes and then, on the seventh week, the season compilation. However, this forced people who wanted the full season to wait to read it.
Now we’re ignoring where TV is, and paying attention to where it’s going.
One of serialized drama’s great strengths in the age of video on demand, is bulk season viewing of shows. While some people (like Dave) love the weekly wait and slow torture of killer cliffhangers, others (like Sean) love to plow through a season all at once.
So why not give you BOTH options?
For our 2013 season, Collective Inkwell will offer our indie series (everything but Z 2134 and Monstrous) two ways — weekly or all-at-once.
Fans of weekly installments will still have the option to read as they wish. We’ll be releasing all six episodes of each series in weekly format with our famous brand of WTF cliffhangers!
… You’ll also have the option of buying the full season immediately!
THE FREE EXPERIMENT
We’re also trying something new.
We will be giving each episode away FREE for five days during the week it goes live. Readers taking the weekly ride with us can do so for free.
Every Thursday through Monday during our indie seasons, we’ll have a new episode available for free.
We hope to draw new readers into our stories by offering a sample. We figure if we do our job well enough, you won’t be able to wait until the following week and will want to buy the full season right away.
But we’re cool if you just want a free read, too.
Now we call this a free “experiment” because we can only guess at the results. If suddenly nobody is buying our books, and just waiting for the free ones, well, it’ll turn into an experiment in poverty, and we’ll need to end it. To keep writing for you, we must be able to put bread on our table and take care of our the bills.
We look forward to this experiment, and more importantly, to the 2013 Collective Inkwell season with new episodes of Available Darkness, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Yesterday’s Gone, Z 2134, Monstrous, and Dark Crossings!
We’re really looking forward to giving you a GREAT year of reading you won’t find anywhere else. Beyond the FREE episodes each week, we’ll be giving our special group of “Goners” extra goodies throughout the year.
If you’re not already a Goner, and don’t want to miss out on any of the best stuff, join today. It is and always will be 100% free. And it’s easy. Just click on the link below.
GET AVAILABLE DARKNESS EPISODE 7 ( OR THE ENTIRE SECOND SEASON ) NOW
Or wait until Thursday when it will be free through the weekend. We will not be sending a second email when it will be free, because we think it might annoy a lot of readers. So mark it on your calendar. We’ll also mention it on Facebook if you connect with us there.
AVAILABLE DARKNESS: EPISODE 7
If you don’t want to wait, you can also buy the FULL SEASON right now.
AVAILABLE DARKNESS: SEASON TWO (Episodes 7-12)
As always, thank you for reading,
David and Sean
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