L'Ombre de l'Olivier

The Shadow of the Olive Tree

being the maunderings of an Englishman on the Côte d'Azur

04 February 2008 Blog Home : February 2008 : Permalink


About a year ago I was introduced to the world of Liad/Korval thanks to the series being picked up by webscriptions. The authors have had bad luck with their publishers (to lose one publisher is a misfortune to lose two looks like carelessness?) and have examined other ways to bring in money from their work.

One way that they tried was to produce a novel in serial form publishing a draft chapter a week assuming there were enough donations to cover the minimum per chapter ($300) - following that well known model the buskers cap or begging bowl. That work was called Fledgling and it raised by my calculations a good $10,000 because they said somewhere that they had donations up to 36 weeks (although there were in fact only 31 chapters produced - at that point they were at 90k words and so they decided to stop the book). They have now resumed the tale in a book entitled Saltation. We're on week 3 and so far things are looking up - I believe they reported somewhere that they had the money to get up to chapter 6 (i.e. $1800)

and Saltation cover the growing up of a side character called Theo Waitley and look like a classic "coming of age" double act and I am proud to have contributed to both.