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Old 06-25-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation Author T.A. Pratt Needs Your Help; Offering Serialized Novel

Many of you may have read T.A. Pratt's novel "Blood Engines" for free from Random House. Well, he's in tough financial straits right now, and is asking for your help:

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Bone Shop: A Reader-Supported Novella
As I mentioned yesterday, my wife was laid off this week, and while we both hope she finds a new job soon (and that I sell some more novels, as far as that goes), we're in sudden need of money now. I could have just straight-out asked for financial help -- and for those who've offered that, thanks, it's appreciated -- but I'm a writer, and if there's one thing I have in ample quantity, it's stories to tell.

Specifically a story I've been wanting to write for a while, but couldn't find the right market for: a longish piece about the early adventures of my series character Marla Mason.

Bone Shop is a serialized, donation-funded urban fantasy novella, available for anyone to read for free. New chapters will go up every Monday. The Bone Shop website is here, though there's not a lot there at the moment. I'll post the first chapter on June 29.

Marla Mason is the chief sorcerer of Felport, a woman who's tangled with gods and monsters and come out on top (if a bit damaged in the process). But she wasn't always a formidable engine of brute force and pragmatism; she started out alone, in a strange city, without allies or any more power than the average teenage runaway on the street. Marla was always willing to do anything necessary to survive, and it didn't take long for her to stumble into a world of magic, danger... and even the occasional moment of grace.

Bone Shop tells the story of Marla's evolution from runaway to sorcerer's apprentice to mercenary magician and beyond. Fans of the urban fantasy series that began with Blood Engines will find surprising secrets revealed about Marla's past, and new readers can meet the character from the very beginning.

Your donations will help keep a roof over our heads, and pay our son's medical bills (he has congenital glaucoma, and requires regular visits with specialists to keep his eyesight from deteriorating). We appreciate whatever you can give. And I hope you enjoy the story!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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Why not offer the serialized pieces by subscription? Or, to update the rather old notion of publishing by subscription to a more Internet-appropriate paradigm, why not sell subscription that grants early access to the serialized pieces?

e.g.: Chapter 1 is made freely available on August 1st, but early access (let's say starting July 15, 2 weeks prior to free availability) can be purchased however long in advance.

That would give some "tangible" incentive for people to provide financial support, instead of just relying on their being charitable, but would still ultimately release the chapters freely in the spirit of Internet-friendly sharing.

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