Authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright have already proven that weekly serialization works to drive sales and please readers with their post-apocalyptic serial Yesterday’s Gone, which has generated impressive sales and over 200 5-Star reviews. Now the duo is aiming for more self publishing success with their first entry into the young adult paranormal/dark fantasy genres.
Audiences who loved The Hunger Games and Twilight will love Platt and Wright’s recently released first season of their serial, ForNevermore.
“We wanted to write something that captured the magic and misery of being young, trying to find your place, and not fitting in anywhere,” said Platt, who described ForNevermore as a darkly romantic fantasy horror.
ForNevermore tells the story of Noella Snow, a 17 year old who lives in two worlds. The real world where her parents are dead and she lives with her aunt in upstate New York, then her dreamworld where her father is still alive, and she’s watched over by Dante, a mysterious man with a deadly touch.
As her 17th birthday approaches, Noella’s dream world begins to bleed into her real world, and she starts hearing voices and seeing monsters that can’t possibly be real. As Death comes to claim her, Dante saves her, saying not only is he real, but he has watched over her for hundreds of years.
Is she losing her mind? Will he have to return to King’s Point Psychiatric Hospital?
“Don’t let the young adult tag fool you. This is a deep, dark story,” said Wright. “The only thing separating this story-wise from our other fiction is a lack of sex and the language is PG-13. But the scares, plot twists, and crazy cliffhanger endings our readers love are all there! We love how the first season turned out in its weekly form, and are thrilled to publish the full season.”
Platt and Wright are looking to become Kings of the Serial this year with a publishing schedule of one book, short story, or episode per week in 2012. They treat their serials like TV shows, writing in six week blocks, with each “episode” ranging from 11,000 to 25,000 words in length. Each episode sells for .99 during its season. After all six episodes of a given season are out, they compile all six episodes into a Season Compilation, which sells in one low-priced book.
The duo says that offering readers a choice of either buying the serials in weekly doses or waiting for the whole season book has been one of the keys to their success.
Yesterday’s Gone: Season Two returned in January for its second smash season, running six straight weeks into February. They followed with the debut of ForNevermore in February. They’ll be returning to adult horror with their newest series, WhiteSpace, a sci-fi horror serial, on May 1.
“You know how HBO, Showtime, and AMC all have awesome must-see TV week after week? We want to be the HBO, Showtime, or AMC of the Kindle world, where no matter what, you know we’ll have something awesome for you, every Tuesday,” said Platt.
You can pick up the first episodes for the Kindle here: ForNevermore 1-6