With only a week until the release of The Clockwork Giant, I’ve decided that I’m going to work on a smaller project before delving into the sequel. I had a thought a few months ago—since there will be a full year between releases of the Chroniker City novels, why don’t I release a novella length short story collection? I could easily write several short stories concerning minor characters from Chroniker City, telling of events that happen between books, without giving away any major plot points of the main story. I’d want the short story collection to tie into the larger story, but I’d also want it to stand on its own, where a reader could pick it up at any time in the series.
If I do write them, I’m not sure how often to release them. I could release one short story collection between each novel at the six month mark, or two at four and eight months, or three at three, six, and nine months. I’m leaning for the two collections between releases, totaling four by the time the series is finished. I could sell them at $0.99 each, and when they’ve all been released, I can release a compilation or just keep them separate. Not sure about that yet. I’m considering three short stories for each, somewhere between 5000 and 10,000 words each.
Those are my thoughts anyway.
So, would readers be interested in those secondary characters, in seeing other aspects of Chroniker City that didn’t make the series? I’d like to think so, but that’s me being optimistic.
What do you think? Would you be interested in peripheral publications? Do you think they’d be popular with fans of the series? Do you think it would keep readers interested in the story between releases?
I’m interested to see what you have to say, so be as honest as possible.