IY: ‘Dead And Alive’ . . . An Explanation


I should spend some time talking about this. I want to explain exactly what I’m doing because I’m not sure that you know. I’m also very excited about it!

You may recall I wrote a novella at the beginning of the year, just before Easter. Called ‘Dead or Alive,’ it followed three characters: Diavian Hatara, Kailah Turner and Michael Garran over the course of one night as their lives clash in a big, violent way. These characters are roleplay characters of mine and I’ve wanted to write about them for so long, that a novella seemed a sneaky way to do it before working on ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge.’

From Friday 15 August I will be releasing the novella one ‘episode’ at a time, every other month. They will be easy to spot from my Amazon Author Page and anybody who subscribes to that page, or my newsletter will get automatic notification when they release (which is a good idea since I don’t plan to harp on about it here). I’ll then gauge the response to the novella and consider writing another, following the same characters and the events that follow (Season Two). Yes ^_^ I’ll be borrowing a well known formula from US and UK television and releasing each novella as a new season. ‘Dead And Alive’ is the name of the series as a whole (changed from ‘Dead or Alive).

I’ve never done something like this before. Not with such a tight schedule or with characters I know quite so well as these. Doing this while working on other bigger projects also seems nuts, but I can’t bare to wait.

The other big different about this project is that I’m designing all the cover art work myself. You may remember this video in which I asked for opinions on a set of mock ups.

I’d like to thank everyone who left comments for me in some way or another and tell you that everybody who gave me feedback will receive a teaser copy of episode one.

It’s just a small way of saying thank you because these comments were so very helpful in guiding me towards the finished product (which you will see on Friday).

The most helpful comment will receive a full copy of episode one on Friday and I’d like to personally thank Bill Treadwell for the depth of his comments of every single mock up!

For the rest of you, I’ll price these episodes as low as I can. You can find them for pre-order at Amazon and Smashwords as of now! I do hope you’ll give the series a chance. There will be chances to win more copies of future episodes as they release.

As I finish up, I’d like to show you one of the teaser posters I created for the series. Some of these are already on Facebook so if you want to see those check them out on my fan page.

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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