“Why didn’t you put out This Plague of Days in one big book?”
Long answer first. Skip to the end for brevity.
One book wouldn’t have been a sustainable model for me, artistically (or economically). In a publishing world where ebooks are getting shorter, if I’d made it one book, I’d be inundated with complaints it was too long. Can’t please everybody.
Season One is 106,000 words and written like a TV mini-series. (Yeah. On purpose!) I just finished formatting Season One for the paperback edition and it’s 307 pages. I can’t sell a paperback that’s longer than that. Only Stephen King could in this publishing and reading environment (and that may already be too long for paper as is.) I haven’t worked out the numbers yet.
Season Two is closer to 80,000 words. I think this season reads more like an action movie with some very weird twists.
By the end of Season Three, This Plague of Days will be close to 300,000 words in total (at least three times longer than what’s now considered a long book.)
When I began this serial, I had a certain vision of how it would play out. Buckingham Palace would be taken down. Iceland would be attacked. Stuff would get blown up. A lot of ships would be involved. Characters would evolve over long arcs and secrets from Season One wouldn’t be revealed until Season Three.
For those who choose to board my crazy train to the end of the line, there are rewards. A lot of stuff will make more sense in retrospect. It’s so twisted, I may even have several, alternative endings. When it all comes out, you’ll want to reread the whole thing over again. I can’t explain more without giving away too much. Sorry if you don’t like serials, but I was clear from the beginning what it was and what it was going to be.
I’m really looking forward to delivering Season Three next spring.
It’s going to be epic: Epic battles; big reveals; trenchant moments, surprising wins and tragic losses and, ultimately, transformation. There is great potential in each of us. Season Three will prove it.
Thank you so much to all the wonderful readers who have been so kind, gave This Plague of Days a try and see potential in me to deliver a big story that will give great satisfaction to the end of the roller coaster ride.
The short answer is:
Because that’s where the Art of the thing took me.
Don’t try to limit me. It’s not my choice. The story demanded what it needed for itself.
It had to be this way or not at all.
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- This Plague of Days: Explaining Serialization to Readers (thisplagueofdays.com)
- This is the post I shouldn’t write. I shouldn’t, therefore I must. (thisplagueofdays.com)
- This Plague of Days: Season Two, Episode One is now available (allthatchazz.com)
- Season 2 of This Plague of Days: Behind the scenes in the final polish and hitting #9 (thisplagueofdays.com)
- This Plague of Days is available. Bring on the autistic boy versus the zombies! (allthatchazz.com)
- Season Two, Episode One: The Spencers Flee East (thisplagueofdays.com)