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Cover for Law Links

Few events are more thrilling in a Koretian boy's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.

He has said words harsher than mine against the law, so I do not know whether he will consider what I did to be wrong. I am very confused.

All of the novel as part of an e-book.

Feedback this weekend gave me the impression that my current serializations are made up of too many installments for some of my readers. So, with "Law Links," I'm switching back to the practice of serializing novels by part, rather than by chapter. I've posted the remainder of Part One (that is, Chapters 3-6) and will post Part Two next week.

Also, the question has come up as to whether I serialize unfinished works. No. :) With the exception of "Edgeplay in Mayhill" (which was a special case), all stories I serialize are finished. Sometimes my novels are made up of stories that can each be read independently, in which case I may post each story within the novel before the full novel is finished. But I don't start serializing a story until that particular story is finished.
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I wrote a post earlier today that was horribly self-centered. I'm ashamed to reread it.

Here's what I should have said: I have declining readership of my online fiction, which leads me to suspect that I'm not meeting the needs of my wonderful online-fiction readers.

So is there anything I could do better for you? Do you hate having me serialize my stories? Are there particular times of the year or the week when you'd like me to post my stories? Any suggestions you can offer me would be very welcome.

The horrible bit I wrote earlier:

My primary reason for placing my stories online has always been to get feedback, reader discussions, recommendations, links, etc. There's some question as to whether online fiction does or does not improve sales of e-books, but there's never been any doubt in my mind that online editions make a story more visible. And that's more important to me than anything else.

However, these rewards for placing my work online have all stopped in the past year. And my online readers have started to drift away. My domain stats show that virtually nobody has read the latest chapters of the online editions of "Law Links" and "On Guard."

I don't know whether the problem is on my side (lousy novels, perhaps?), whether the problem is that - because of my health - I'm not advertising every new installment at a zillion community blogs each week, or whether Internet culture - in particular, fandom - has changed, so that fewer people are reading online, and even fewer are commenting. But I'm faced with the dilemma of where it would be best to allot my time, given that I have much less time in which to do computer work these days, because of my health.

I've had quite a few readers tell me that I shouldn't post my stories online - that I'd sell more e-books if the e-books were the only place where my stories were available. Despite this, I'm still committed to being an online writer, but at the moment I'm getting the worst of both worlds: I'm not getting money for the stories I post online, I'm not getting feedback/discussions/recs, and the number of readers of my online fiction is declining.

So I'd like to brainstorm with you: What can I do to improve the situation? (Aside from writing better stories, that is; I do the best I can with every story.)
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What that means )
How to reach me during Internet blackout )

I need to apologize again for being behind in responding to e-mail and blog comments. Two things have tripped me up this month: going off my antibiotic has forced me to spend only thirty minutes a day on e-mail and comment replies, and my e-mail software chose this month to go belly-up. I've been struggling futilely to get it to work again; in the meantime, I've had to use the Web interface for my e-mail, which isn't as good at organizing my e-mail. Hopefully, when I come out of Internet blackout, I'll be more organized.
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I promised you folks an online serialization around now, and I'm going to have to break that promise. I had two health relapses in December while lowering my antibiotic dosage. While I managed to recover from them - obviously, or I wouldn't be writing long posts here :) - I think it's likely that the relapses will continue till I'm off the antibiotic. (Hopefully not after.) So till that happens, it seems best not to commit myself to any deadlined projects, such as weekly serializations, since my work is likely to be stop and start for a while.

I hope to have a serialization for you in about a month's time, depending on how things go.
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Okay, I've set up the account to post my tweets here daily, beneath a cut. Thanks to those of you who replied to my previous post.

A quick Twitter FAQ, so those of you who don't use Twitter won't be confused:


I hope that's sufficiently confusing. :) I decided to include here the tweets where I'm talking with other people, because sometimes I get into interesting discussions that you're welcome to join into by posting replies here. (Some of the people I talk to at Twitter also read my blogs.) And of course you can post replies here to anything I tweet about.

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