Plympton Pitches Serialized Fiction on Kickstarter

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Could serial fiction flourish in the 21st Century? The new literary studio Plympton hopes cultivate a place for fiction writers to create serial stories similar to HBO and AMC TV shows. Above, you can watch their Kickstarter video.

The company, which was founded by authors  Jennifer 8. LeeYael Goldstein Love, and former Harvard Book Review managing editor Justin Keenan, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. The first company’s first serialized works are already available at Amazon for $1.99: Hacker Mom by Austen Rachlis, The Many Lives of Lilith Lane by E.V. Anderson and Love is Strong as Death by Carolyn Nash–part of the new Amazon Serials project that was announced yesterday.

Here’s more about the project: “Plympton serials are long works of fiction made up of shorter works—we call them ‘installments’—that arrive as updates on your digital reading device. Each installment reveals a little more about the characters you’ve come to know, deepening your relationship with them and advancing the story in a way that leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. Installments range between 7,000 and 25,000 words and are released biweekly or monthly. Each of our current volumes is made up of between four and six installments.”

AppNewser has more: “It’s like works by Madame Bovary and Charles Dickens or in today’s terms like new episodes of Mad Men or Breaking Bad for eBooks. Installments can range between 7,000 and 25,000 words, so its short easy digestible reading in between each delivery timeframe. Each of their current works is comprised of between four and six installments, making the whole work about the length of a full book.”