The End of a Good Thing...
As some of you may have heard in the forums last week, the author team has taken a look at the current two story release per week set up. We have found that it just isn't working the way we hoped and have discussed some options on a release schedule going forward that will better enable us to balance both sustainability and allow for greater activity on site. For some reason, the authors thought it would be wise to let you all know the news as soon as possible... transparency and all that... but they didn't really go into all the details. So, going forward for the moment, we will no longer be doing a "two story Monday" release system. I know this is disappointing to many of you, but the truth is; the pace isn't really fair to the authors.
So... for today, the March 13 release will be Part 3 of Elrod's Kayda 10: "There's No Place Like Poe" and from E. E. Nalley, we have Part 2 of "The Bear, the Bitch, and Everything." We hope you will enjoy these... wait... what?
Oh... I see. We said that we were discontinuing the Two story Monday release schedule and then promptly release two stories on a Monday. Well, I suppose I'll explain where the confusion lies, there. See, we've discovered that the authors are generally producing stories at a rate where even with two releases per week; we are accumulating a larger and larger queue of pieces waiting for release. Even at two stories per week, our current 'waiting' pile is at about FIFTEEN weeks. That means a story completed next week might not get seen by readers until JULY! So... completely unfair to the authors who await feedback before moving on to bigger and better things.
As a result, moving forward we are adopting a system of THREE stories released per week. Two of these will continue to occur on Monday evening. A third story will be made available each Friday afternoon. I'm going to tentatively say at 14:00 PST. That'll give you four days to read the Monday content and a weekend to finish up and check out the Friday release. If we continue to average out with 20k word releases, this should result in 50-75% of a novel's worth of content per week... 1-2 novels per month.
We hope this exciting news comes as a salve to sooth your disappointment that we are dropping the Two Story Monday release schedule and replacing it with a more sustainable one. In the meantime, enjoy the content from Elrod and E.E. ... we'll see you back on Friday for the next release! Don't forget to leave a comment or a forums post for your authors, thanking them for all the hard work.