For the first time, this autumn I have been working on a four-part serial called Random Acts Of Kindness. Each part of the story will be released as eBooks, starting on 4 December.
This has been a whole new writing experience for me. Ever since I started writing, I have written a complete story from beginning to end and then edited it. But with this series, my deadlines are really tight so I have to write each part (25,000 words each) in a month.
Writing a serial means I have to plan my story more than I’ve ever done in the past. I’m usually rubbish at planning. I have a premise, I have a setting and characters, a vague idea of where I want the story to go but writing the chapters usually happens freely with no plotting in advance. For this series I couldn’t do that. My deadlines meant I needed to have a much better idea of how the story was going to play out. I had to write a dreaded synopsis!
The first part of the series will be published before I finish writing the final part so I can’t suddenly add in a new plot line or character because the story has already been started. This is quite nerve wracking as I worry I will suddenly get a good idea I can’t use but hopefully because of my planning I won’t run into this as I already know what’s going to happen.
I’m halfway through writing the serial and I’m really enjoying the story. Having tight deadlines means I have to sit at the laptop and get those chapters down even on the days when I feel like procrastinating. What’s exciting is that with an eBook series, everything moves faster. With a traditional deal, you might have to edit a year or even two for your book to be published but in December, you will be able to start reading Random Acts Of Kindness. Plus I get to have four release days, four covers and feedback from readers as I go along.
I suppose you could say it’s a novel split into four but, as with a TV drama, you want each part to have its own beginning, middle and end with a hook to encourage everyone to download the next part. With a novel, I’ve always included twists so it isn’t been a huge departure but I’ve had to think more carefully about where my twists need to be.
The cover reveal for part one is coming soon but in the meantime we have put up holding covers to give you a hint of what it will look like and so you can pre-order them and they wil magically appear on your Kindle on release day.
I love how they are colourful, warm, summery and cosy, which is exactly how I hope the series will feel too. I can’t wait to share the town of Littlewood and it’s inhabitants with you as well as sprinkle some kindness into your lives!
Random Acts Of Kindness
An emotional, cosy, community read that will reaffirm your faith in human kindness; perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Penny Parkes and Jo Thomas.
Welcome to Littlewood, a small town community with a big heart. Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Louise, seriously unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter, Zoe,
Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Three very different women are about to find out…