This is not a chunk of story. Wait! Don’t go! I’m going to keep it short.
First of all, I’d like to thank all of you for reading. I’ve thanked various people in the past for things they have done that have helped promote the story, or helped me write it, but right now I just want to thank everyone equally. It’s been a great deal of fun for me to watch new people come into the story, read up the archives, and generally get some enjoyment out of this. Back when there were only a few readers I could see a person read the story by watching each update pick up one more view. That was fun, though the archives are generally too busy for that these days. On wattpad sometimes people have stared each up the update as they read it. The mobile app makes my phone ding when you do that, and I get a kick out of listening to that. (Also, I calculate your reading speed…) Odds are, if you’ve left a link in your posting handle I’ve followed it. Sometimes I can see the pages that linked people here, I go to those as well.
What I’m saying is, I’m really thrilled people are reading. 🙂 Also, I am not a stalker. I don’t know why you’d say that!
Second, a little housekeeping. Book 2 “Fundamentals of Magical Semiconductors” will begin on June 16th. I know, I said June 23rd in the comments last week, but I’ve changed my mind. Waiting to start posting the next book doesn’t really buy me much. So, on Thursday, I’ll post the front dust jacket style synopsis of the next story, and then next week it will kick off. If anyone saw June 23rd and decided to come back then, um, sorry. But hey I guess you got a surprise about how much there was to read.
Third, a question. Soon, quite possibly only hours after I post this, someone will finish reading the entire book as a single unit. That’s how I wrote it, that’s how I conceived it. I only posted it as a serial because that was a good way to get it out there, and I was really enjoying some other serials at the time. (Well, I’m still enjoying them, but you know what I mean….) However, now that it’s all out there, if you did just read the whole book more or less like a book what did you think? Did it hang together in *that* format? Your experience was a little different than the people who followed along in real time, and I’ve got a little less of a window into it at this point.
Last but not least, my future plans for The Beginners Guide. My next step for this story (The one you just read not the one I’m about to start. “The Beginners Guide to Magical Site Licensing” was really conceived as a title for a book, not a series, though I suppose it will serve for that as well.) is to submit to real live professional publishers. They’ll reject it for several reasons. A) I’m not really quite ready for prime time, B) it’s a strange story that probably works for a narrower audience than they target C) professional publishing houses are risk adverse and they seem inclined to keep publishing more of whatever sold well last year, and D) this website counts as self publishing and that will hurt my chances as well. But I’ve got to try, don’t I? I’ll give my query letters three months to bear fruit and then I’ll self publish (well self publish *more* I guess) and get the thing up on Amazon. That’ll probably involve a minor re-write and maybe a professional copy editor. Once it’s all up, I’ll let you guys know and maybe you can drop me a review and a rating.
Alright, that’s all, hope you’re having a great day, and see you again Thursday.