Today I met with my writer's group, Critical Mass, fed them lunch at a Peruvian restaurant, and then sat down to break a plot to a new fantasy series. That's the news I alluded to at the end of my post. I'm going to write a fantasy serial back under my original name, Emily Mah, and I'm excited to get started.
First, though, I need to finish the third novel in the Fairytale series, so that's what I'm working on now.
But then it's on to a serial! I'm not approaching this as a serial, though. Today in the plotbreak we sketched out plots for twelve episodes, which will then translate into three four act novels. It's a trilogy, basically, that will be published one act at a time. I'll do paperback versions of the three novels. Hence this won't be an unending, episodic story. There will be a master plot arc and a big finale that ends the story for good once the last episode is out.
Right now I won't share too much, other than that it'll use elements of my Disciple universe (that was a story I had published in The Black Gate). I also look forward to having shorter deadlines for each 20,000-30,000 word installment rather than one whole novel to get done at once.
I will indie publish this one. Even if it doesn't particularly help Emily Mah, it won't hurt her much either. Publishing has evolved quite a bit since the first indie authors stepped out. Books that fail in the market tend to just disappear, rather than hang around and taint the reputation :-)
The covers will be done by the talented cover designer, Rebecca Berto of Berto Designs, and there will be the usual touches to the interior design too that I put in all my books.
This also means, though, that the price of my novels will be going up soon. So if you're on the fence about getting any of my EM Tippetts novels, get them sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, I've still got to think up a name for my fantasy series. I plan to have a lot of fun writing it, and hope it's a fun read too.