What’s the best way to tell a good written story? Over the years, I’ve become convinced that it’s not just through the hoary old traditional print novel. Modern American publishers have tended to ignore serialization, a storytelling format with proven effectiveness throughout literary history. And thus was born JukePop Serials – the ambitious but unproven literary experiment I’ve long wanted to bring to fruition – to be a vehicle for indie authors to finally level the playing field, and expose readers to stories they otherwise never would have encountered. At least, that was the plan…
It wasn’t until the JukePop team actually read the first batch of submitted stories (with bated breath!) that we knew with more certainty that we were onto something groundbreaking. JukePop Serials has snowballed since those early tentative days. We now boast a large, dynamic readership that reads and discusses our stories via both the website and cross-platform mobile apps, alongside a growing group of dedicated authors taking advantage of multiple new author tools and literary contests.
From the beginning, we’ve noticed that our most successful authors often share certain common characteristics – they keep chapters coming even in the face of bumps in the road, they have a real commitment to honing and refining their craft (the “instant” reader feedback that the JukePop is often invaluable), and they’re not afraid of letting stories and characters take on lives of their own. These authors tend to produce addictive stories that readers simply want to finish. There is a vitality that is quickly recognizable after a few short paragraphs – the sparkling “ah ha, this guy (or gal) is good!” moment.
Finally, back to this anthology. We’ve purposely collected a broad range of stories from our site to show how different genres or subject matters can be successfully serialized. Is this full circle, a return to the hoary old print novel? We think not – like a JukePop Serial, this is just the first chapter of many to come, a milestone for how far this experiment-turned-community has truly come.
So stay tuned, keep reading and writing stories, and most of all, enjoy! (Click here to get your copy today.)
JukePop Serial fiction represented in Vol 1 includes: The Fabulist by Andrew Johnston, Hobson & Choi by Nick Bryan, I Feel Fine by Lelial Thibodeau, The Watchmage of Old New York by C.A. Sanders, Abyssus Abyssum Invocat by Nathan Weisberg, Dating God by Kaye Soleil, Metal Shadow Prelude by Kevin A.M. Lewis, E.L.F – White Leaves by Michael Ness, Money Matters by Dean Moses and Secrets of the Conclave by Beth Raymond.