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A Special Delivery For You (+ Shiny New Website!)

Ok, so the first big news item is that you can now get free early access to my new novel, The Dream World Collective. It’s about five friends who quit their jobs to chase what they love, and it’s funny and geeky and romantic and friendly. Perfect autumn reading.

It’s in post-production now, but I want to get you in on the fun early.

Get FREE weekly deliveries!

Second big news is that ClickworksPress.com is live! Right now it’s just simple and pretty, but I still think it’s really cool that there’s an actual place to buy Clickworks books directly.

Go check it out! (And if you’re an author who’s interested in publishing with Clickworks, let’s talk. Drop me a line at byfaroe at gmail.) 

Finally, I’m trying to come up with fun book-related questions for a future phase of the website. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Examples:

  • Which minor character do you relate to most?
  • What’s a place or thing in the book that you really wish existed in real life?

If you have good ideas for questions that would be fun to answer about the books you love, let me know in comments!

Cheers,

Ben

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Book Survey! Calling All Serial Lovers

I’m starting to plan out a couple upcoming projects and I’d love your feedback. Two of them will probably be released in serial form (episodes released regularly then bundled into books or seasons) and I want to figure out what will give the best reader experience.

I’m really excited about the projects. They are, in no particular order:

  • The Dream World Collective, which you can currently read for free here. It’s kind of like Friends with more art, geekery, and tea.
  • Hubris Towers, still very early in the process but looking hilarious. It’s leaning toward sort of a comedy of manners meets comedy of errors in the tradition (I hope) of P. G. Wodehouse. “Luxury Living at Hubris Towers: Isn’t it time you got what you really deserve?”

Here’s what I’m trying to figure out about how to structure them. What do you think? Please leave me a comment – I’d love to hear from you!

  1. How frequently should episodes come out? Weekly? Monthly? Fortnightly?
  2. How many pages long should an episode be? (Or how many pages per month should I release?)
  3. What’s a good price per episode?

For reference, I’m leaning toward something like one 50- to 75-page episode per month, sold for $2.99, with every 6 (or maybe 12) episodes bundled into a book/season/novel and sold at a discount.

If you know anyone who loves serials, please send them my way so I can get their feedback too. Thanks!

Also, about yesterday? I ended up writing a thousand words yesterday and a thousand today. Haven’t made up for Monday and Tuesday, but it’s good to be back on track and adding to Frobisher.

Under the Moonlight Was Magic and Mystery

Ok, everyone. It’s time for the next big experiment.

I’m about to publish my first story on Amazon, just a short project to start getting a sense of how it works. I can’t wait to share what I learn with you. [UPDATE: The title is picked, the cover is done, and I’ve some got early findings on the process of posting to Amazon! Read more here.]

In the meantime, I’m trying to decide on a title and I’d love your input. (See survey below.)

The project is a fairy tale about a voiceless girl who has to defeat the sorceress who betrayed her – but how can she weave magic if she can’t sing? Enter a sculptor of near-living statues, a fakir with the power of sight, and a band of children chasing dreams in the desert. And at the center of it all, a heart of stone that may hold the secret of unending life. It’s a story of betrayal and of sacrifice, of love and of dreams.

Which title do you think fits best? Which would you be most interested in reading? Vote below or leave me a comment. Thanks! I’m so grateful to have wonderful readers like you along for this exciting ride!

[UPDATE: The survey is closed. The title of the story is The Stone and the Song, and I’m really excited about how the cover design turned out. See it here! Yay!]