I do have the fourth novella in the Return of the Alien series.
I’ve decided to complete the first draft of the rest of the series (three more novellas). I am now working on novella 5 and hope to finish that and novellas 6 and 7 by the end of January. So I could go a couple of ways with this. I could publish each novella every three or four months, like I’ve been doing so far with this series. Or I could wait and publish the whole series (novellas 1-7) as one complete book before this summer.
I’ve decided it’s best for everyone to wait and publish the whole thing as one book. I’ve decided to ask $2.99 for the whole thing, and when all is said and done, I think it’ll be close to 100,000 words. I was going to charge $3.99 because that is what I ask for my 100,000+ words romances, but since this is a sci-fi thriller with supernatural elements (from the Christian slant), I figure I’m hitting a very niche market with this one and don’t expect this book to make or break the bank (so to speak).
Plus, now that I am charging $0.99 for novellas at 15,000 words, I don’t want to charge $0.99 for novellas 3-7 (equaling $4.95) when I could lump the whole thing together for $2.99. In fact, I think I’ll take down the third novella and just let novellas 1 and 2 stay up for free. That way people can decide if they want to keep reading the series or not.
But I do want to go ahead and write the whole series out in January and work with my editor. There’s a lot of things that weave in and out of this series, and to be honest, I’ve done a lot more research and work on this series than any of my romances. That’s not to say that I don’t take my romances seriously, but the sci-fi series has involved hours of research into conspiracy theories and Biblical studies not often recognized by the denominational churches (like the idea that UFOs are real and pre-flood Noah days involved DNA manipulation between human and fallen angels).
So yes, I admit and am telling everyone right now, there is a Christian slant to the series, but I am not going to get preachy in it. I started the Left Behind series and couldn’t finish because the authors were too preachy. Those of you familiar with my romances will know how I approach Christian themes into my work. If an underlying Christian theme is something that will turn you off, I suggest you avoid reading the full book. (I felt it only safe to warn you. :D)
So bottom line: I’m not going to release The Mark (the fourth novella) at the end of January. Instead, I’m going to finish the entire series in January, send it off to my editor for a thorough breakdown, and then publish the whole series as one book before June 1. I’m going to make June 1 my “no later than” date.
Thanks for understanding.