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Rolling Rocks Downhill .... awesome news!

I decided today to practice what I preach and publish Rolling Rocks Downhill as a series.

I'll start the final edits for "RRD book 1" (the current beta) shortly, aiming to publish it early next year.  Book 1 ends with a cliff-hanger.  

I'll release “RRD book 2” in 2015 or 16.  It'll be slightly shorter book (a novella?) and ... it will end with a cliff hanger.  “RRD book 3” will follow and ... so on …

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I discovered today (if you click the link, search for "cliffhanger") that this is how books were published in the  old days.  

In the 18th century ... the circulating libraries’ business model encouraged publishers to put out books in three volumes, so three people could be reading one book at once; novelists would write to the form, fleshing out their prose to fill the “triple-decker” format. The development of magazine and newspaper serialisation further encouraged some novelists towards length, as well as setting up a distinctive rhythm of cliffhangers at the end of each instalment.
— THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK - from The Economist

 

So, books used to be published in an Agile way.

Apparently Dickens worked this way: 

Dickens’ first novel, the brilliantly comic THE PICKWICK PAPERS, brought him enormous fame. Like all his subsequent novels, it was originally published serially, that is, in installments or parts over time.

He not only published serially but wrote serially too, planning each installment carefully. (His contemporary, Anthony Trollope, also published this way, but unlike Dickens, he never published the first word of a novel until after he had written the last.) Dickens had to consider structure carefully, thinking simultaneously of the needs of his serial readers and of those who would eventually read the books in volume form. He published his serial fiction as part of weekly or monthly magazines, which might contain material by other authors as well, or in stand-alone monthly installments.
— Dickens - Life and Career - Serial Publication - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/dickens/life_publication.html
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