The last two Knights and Necromancers stories

(This is the first Stumbling into Publishing post.)

A while back I started an experiment where I self-published a series of sword and sorcery novellas.

I’m ready to declare the experiment a failure for a variety of reasons.

The biggest reason isn’t that I didn’t get any readers (although they were very few and far between) but that I’m dissatisfied with the product. When I started I had what I thought were six decent novellas. But, the more I’ve looked at them the more obvious their major flaws and deficiencies become.

My plan for 2014 is to spend the year rewriting the novellas as a single story, fix everything about the setting, characterisation, and plot that isn’t working for me (which is a lot), and then figure out what to do with it once that’s done.

But, for those few of you who have been following the series, below are the final two stories in the series as originally planned, in EPUB and in MOBI.

I’ll be taking down the first four ebooks from sale and the web over the next couple of weeks. And I’m also going to write a few blog posts discussing why I consider the experiment a failure, all the things I did wrong, and all that went wrong.

  • Knights and Necromancers 5: EPUB or MOBI
  • Knights and Necromancers 6: EPUB or MOBI

The comment-fiction challenge post-mortem

Almost a month ago I started the Readmill comment-fiction challenge. The idea was to add a secondary layer of back-stories to Knights and Necromancers 1 as comments in Readmill.

I explained the idea in more detail in my original blog post.

I uploaded the last comment-fiction earlier today.

The good news is that the entire thing was a lot of fun to do. The bad news is that I was probably the only one who enjoyed it. 🙂

I held back the last entry for a couple of days to see if anybody noticed. Nobody did.

It’s not a total loss. Turning 22 000 words of comment-fictions into a cohesive story shouldn’t be too much work. It’s something I can post as a freebie on the Heartpunk at some point.

In completely unrelated news, I have tweaked the design of the online version of Knights and Necromancers 1 and added a couple of navigation features (keyboard navigation and swipes for going to the next and previous chapters).