Just this Sunday, I finished the first draft of my latest novel, Son of Man (Try to contain your enthusiasm). I had a slight recovery day yesterday, though I’ve continued to do active editing and rewriting on other projects, including the latest chapters of Mark Red and The Chasm and the Collision (chapter 6 of which will be released in a few days). Now, in addition to those two projects, I am working on the rewrite of Son of Man as well, and on Paradox City, my not-so-short short story which I will be publishing separately.
I wanted to ask all of my readers (or perhaps I should say “both” of you ^_^) about how they would recommend I publish Son of Man once it’s ready to be released.
As you may know, I’ve been publishing Mark Red and The Chasm and the Collision (hereinafter “CatC“) serially as sort of an experiment. It’s an attempt to use the modern methods of electronic publishing to recreate the format of release of many classic works of literature which were originally published in monthly releases, chapter by chapter. It was also done partly out of necessity; while I was “away,” I was able to send Mark Red and then CatC to my sister piecemeal, as I wrote it by hand, and she was able (with heroic dedication) to devote herself to rewriting my horrifically scrawled originals and publishing them as they came along.
Now, to her great relief I don’t doubt, I am back in the real world, and able to do my own rewriting.
Mark Red and CatC are going to continue to be serialized because I already started them off that way, and it would be absurd just to stop in the middle…actually, with Mark Red it’s a bit past the middle. CatC is both longer and not as far along as Mark Red, but I still intend to release it serially, right up through the end. It spreads the work of rewriting and editing out a bit for me, which has been very useful as I work on NEW writing at the same time that I do rewrites.
Son of Man, on the other hand, entails a chance at a change of paradigm, but I’m not sure which way I want to approach it.
I therefore thought that I would ask those who read my blog (and who follow me on Facebook and Twitter) to give me their thoughts on the question: Should I serialize Son of Man, or should I just release it as a complete novel?
This is obviously not going to be an immediate issue; I just finished the first draft, so there is much rewriting and editing to do on the novel. A good portion of it was handwritten while I was “away”, though the latter two-thirds or so was written on computer (and part of it even on cell phone!). So I have time to think about it, and to receive your input, if you have any to give.
I’m already leaning in one of the two directions, but I’m not going to tell you which one, since I don’t want to influence you when I’m hoping you might have some influence on me.
One thing will stay the same about Son of Man no matter what: Half of the royalties of my publications will always be given to literacy charities such as RIF. I intend for this to stay the same into the foreseeable future with respect to all of my writing. Written language is the lifeblood of civilization, and to have any human deprived of access to that source of life is intolerable.