Sizzling Serials

By Liz Everly

One of the exciting markets wide open for writers is serial fiction. Serial fiction has ebbed and flowed in popularity over the decades—but the internet and digital publishing have really enhanced things further. Publishing a series of stories that are linked or a novel that leaves your reader hanging on and wanting more is a great way to engage with your readers and to stay in touch with them between books. One of the things my readers want? More books—and yet, even if I could write them faster, my publisher can’t publish them any faster.

Some writers are publishing stories for free on platforms like Wattpad, gathering interest in numbers. The idea behind it, of course, is the same as the freebie books offered on Amazon, BookBub and so on.  If readers like your free stuff, they will buy your other books. That has worked for a lot of writers. Will it continue to work? It remains to be seen.

But for Hannah Jayne the author of a paranormal romance series, the “Underworld Detective Series “, as well as  young adult thriller novels, Wattpad has been amazing.


Sourcebooks, the publisher of her YA books  “Truly, Madly, Deadly” and “See Jane Run,” helped to set her up on it. For See Jane Run, they published a chapter a week before the release of the book. For free. She’s not sure yet how this is translating to sales but she’s had close to 2 million reads on Wattpad and fans write her daily and tell her they read her stuff there, but bought the book anyway. She’s also had fans come to signings who knew her from Wattpad. 


Hannah Jayne loves the platform. ” I’m crazy about it and the fan interaction is invaluable. Spurned ideas for my next two books,” she said.

I’ve not dipped my toes into the Wattpad water—I’ve only looked around a bit. It seems invaluable for certain types of fiction—young adult, primarily. I did not see any erotic romance, but I’m going to check into it further.

Where I have dipped my toes is  into publishing serials on Amazon. Like almost all of my publishing forays, it’s going well, but slower than I had hoped. I published the first of my series awhile back and now, I’ve published the second one in the EIGHT LAYS AROUND THE WORLD series. This one is set in Hong Kong, with a gorgeous Asian man on the cover. (We’ve talked about the lack of Asian men in romance here  and here on Lady Smut and I just wanted to do my part. Grin.)


I’m offering it for free from now to the end of the week. So take advantage of it—this one is very short. And if you’re into YA, check out Hannah Jayne’s work. I’m a big fan of her “Underworld Detective Series. ” Young women characters that kick ass, anyone? Unfortunately, Hannah Jayne doesn’t write erotic romance–yet. Wink.

Have any of you played around with Wattpad? Or published serials?


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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    I’ve done serials online for a decade. My alter ego’s The Mangrove Legacy was my first, written during my first academic job when I was afraid I wouldn’t have time to write fiction. Ha! My current serial Airships & Alchemy can be read at or at WattPad.

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  • Post authorLiz Everly

    Cool! I need to explore Wattpad more. Have you seen any erotic romance on Wattpad? I wonder if there would be privacy issues–there are so many kids on it.

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    • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

      I have, but it seems to attract a lot more YA.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    I’ve seen “18 and older” stories…. Hannah Jane sounds yummy. Have to check her out.

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