Evolution of a Serial I: The Decision to Make It Free

A HAPPILY EVER AFTER OF HER OWN by Nadia LeeWhen I first wrote A Happily Ever After of Her Own last summer, I was initially going to sell it to an epublisher. Although the editor liked it, she wanted more stories like it to make a single-author anthology. The problem? I didn't have any other ideas similar to A Happily Ever After of Her Own.

Then this year, I saw that Quartet Press was going to start up, so I decided to send it there...except Quartet Press died without releasing a single title.

Still I wanted to do something with A Happily Ever After of Her Own. I liked the story, and I hated to have it just sit on my hard drive.

Hero Material suggested that I serialize it and give the last seven or so chapters to my newsletter subscribers only. I decided that was a pretty cool idea. I sometimes sign up for newsletters to enter contests, but I really like to get free reads.

So I pinged Agent to get her opinion, and she thought it was a great idea. W00t.

The next step? Making a cover graphic for the story. The problem? I'm a horrible designer.

On Tuesday September 29, I'll talk about how Tara O'Shea and I got together to make the cover for A Happily Ever After of Her Own.

Feel free to leave me questions and/or comments. I'll answer them here or if they require a long answer, I'll turn it into a post. :)

PSA: The first two chapters are free, but the rest are available to newsletter subscribers only. Sign up now.

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