The Storyletter: A Substack Presenting Fiction

From Substack front page

Hey there WordPress readers, I’ve been MIA but I haven’t disappeared completely. I’ve been trying out a new format for posting my stories but it doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned WordPress. There’s a new site on the block called Substack (new to me) and it specializes in newsletter serialization of content which is delivered directly into your subscribers’ email inboxes. Now, I think WordPress has some form of this with the Weekly Digest emails, but Substack is designed specifically for it.

The newsletter format is great for a lot of reasons. I’ve been seeing very prominent influencers start using it to get their message out there, as well as journalists, politicians, and artists. I even saw that Substack is teaming up with a ton of comic artists for some exclusive content. But the most exciting for me is the emergence of fiction writers on the platform. Serialization of fiction has a long history in the publishing world, to include some of the most famous writers of the past. Unfortunately it has tapered off in the last half century or so…. until now!

There is a prominent Substack writer named Elle Griffin that introduced me to the idea of Substack during one of her podcast interviews on the current state of the publishing industry (found here). I was immediately enamored by the idea of sharing stories directly with the people who showed interest with my writing. Instead of trying to appeal to a mass audience who barely feels connected with me or the work that I’m doing, why not simply have a more connected reader/writer relationship with a small audience that cares? Obviously there are still the major benefits of having a publisher blast out your book to as many people as possible, but there are also the Cons that come with it (but I won’t get into that). She also started a prominent Discord that is open to other writers who would like to network on Substack called Substack Writers Unite (I don’t know how to share invite link, sorry!)

So I’m doing just that, I’m posting my stories on Substack directly to the people who want to read it. So far I’ve built up an audience of 30 wonderful readers in less than 30 days. I mainly post short fiction, like flash fiction and poetry, but I’m getting more into short stories which will be released in serial installments over time. I’m still learning the best method of releasing said stories, like at what intervals and length of posts. Since it’s serialized and people might not have a ton of time, I try to keep each post pretty short and sweet. I’ll adjust as feedback starts to come in.

Here’s my front page below:

I just finished posting the first complete short story from my collection Tales of Havek called Savior of Aemysa Isle. It has been published elsewhere prior, and will be coming to my WordPress page soon (when I get the time to port it over), but if you’d like to read it now head over to my Substack! I’ll be posting more exclusive content to Substack soon, so now is the best time to sign up for free and get fiction right in your inbox.

Have you started using Substack? What are your thoughts on the platform and will it be disrupting any industries any time soon? Will serialization of stories make a comeback?!

Come on over and join me on Substack if you’d like to give it a try, or just want to chat. Thanks! Hope your day, your week, your month, your year goes well!

Until next time! ~ WM

The Spire is out now!

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Just a short blurb announcing that I have temporarily posted my latest short story called The Spire up on Wattpad for free until December 1st.

The premise of the short story is of a memoryless man trapped atop a spire in the middle of the ocean who must cross a temporal bridge that appears every so often. The catch is that a beast awaits his arrival on the opposing side. The man must overcome his fear of the beast and discover the truth of his origin.

It’s a positive story with an empowering ending. If you like fantasy and main characters that triumph against all odds, then you’ll enjoy this quick 4-page read. Check it out now here: The Spire (Limited time only) on Wattpad.

Enjoy!

Injection: Tides of War Coming Soon!

It’s been several months since my last update and I’m sorry! I like to keep these few and far between but full of juicy details. So to get right into the thick of it, here we go:

Mystery Project: For the past few months I’ve been working on something really awesome. I didn’t want to reveal too much, too soon because I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but now that I’m finished (and because the fantastic individuals I worked with, love it), I can spill the beans!

So, there’s this multimedia company called Nanomyte Studios and they’re working really hard to bring an amazing piece of work to you all in the form of a comic called Injection. I first stumbled upon Injection while browsing new stories on Wattpad. Immediately, I was hooked. The visuals, the world, the animation. All of it simply took my breath away. So, me being super excited about the fun work these guys were creating, I messaged them to see if they’d respond. And they did!

Continue reading

Character Profiles and Extras

Hey everyone! Malone here with the weekly update. This week has been a fun one, but mostly chill as usually. I got to watch Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on Tuesday and it was glorious. It had almost everything I wanted from a Dragonball Z movie and more! I’m really excited for the new show to come to the US eventually. I was going to watch Fantastic Four last night at the premiere showing but then I saw those reviews (oh man were they harsh). Hopefully it’s not as bad as the critics say. We’ll see. I still have to get my butt out to see Ant-Man.

I published chapter 25 yesterday on Wattpad. It’s called ‘A Darkness Descends’ (OooOOo ominous, I know haha). But it’s not that dark. The chapter sees Jozz and Myalin making their way to the Lorrallen meeting point to set off on the Liberation. Nevesa meets someone once again in the Khraw dungeon, and some threats are issued. There are 4 or 5 more chapters left in Part 2, then the final act of the story will be underway!

Chapter 25: A Darkness Descends

Another thing, in regards to Stormfallen, I’m creating some detailed character profiles here on the website. They are a work in progress but I will add to them over time. I’m also developing a full Glossary of all the key terms brought up in the novel.

O2 Reviews applicants! I’m still looking for 3-5 people who are interested in writing reviews. If you like movies, games, television, books, or even music and would like to join the O2 team, message me! Looking forward to talking to you and helping you get your reviews read.

Thanks for tuning in this week and I hope to see you next Friday! Let me know what you think in the comments.~WM

New Chapter, New Group

Storm-Fallen is back in action! Sorry for the month-long hiatus from posting, but I’m here now and I’ll be posting once a week, most likely on Fridays. I have several things I would like to announce this week including: the latest chapter of Storm-Fallen on Wattpad, a new Facebook group for unpublished and newly-published authors, and upcoming O2 Reviews.

Chapter 24: Old Blood, New Weapon– This week’s chapter returns with Darlowe and Runa as they continue to wait for the other Liberators to show. Their current military leader, Commander Udgallus, makes an appearance as well, bringing with him a new weapon prototype for them to use against the Storm-Fallen. Here is the link to Wattpad:¬†Chapter 24: Old Blood, New Weapon

The First Novel Group– Last week I started a closed group on Facebook called The First Novel Group. I created it for unpublished authors working on their first novel to be able to connect with others pursuing the publication of their first book. It’s also available to authors who have published their first novel and would like to promote it or give helpful information on how they went about the publication process. We currently have 23 members and gladly welcome any others interested in joining. The atmosphere is very supportive and the members actively provide answers to questions ¬†others bring up. I look forward to seeing some new members so come join us on your journey to publication!

O2 Reviews– I’m currently working on a review for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. I saw it Thursday night in IMAX and it was every bit the adventure the trailer teased it would be. The stunts blew my mind, but more on that in the review. I’m also looking for several people who are interested in writing reviews in order to get more O2 Reviews out there. It won’t be for money, but for the experience and networking. If you like video games, movies, tv shows, or books and would like to write reviews, send me a message. Thanks!

Well, that’s about it for this week. Talk to you all soon, or next Friday at the latest! Hope you like the newest chapter and let me know what you think in the comments.

New Chapter Thursday! Storm-Fallen 23: High Alert

In this chapter of Storm-Fallen Gy’ave Khraw reflects on her decision to judge Yarrex so harshly in public while attempting to fulfill her duty as Magistratus to her kin. Myalin and Jozz are rushed to meet the Lorrallen outside the city and run into a friendly face. Tensions rise in this installment as the storm and its demons get closer to the city. Ahhh!

Please comment and let me know what you think. I enjoy all feedback, even if it’s not positive. Thanks for the support and happy reading!

Read chapter 23: High Alert here!

Hi, Winston Malone here, and I’m happy to present the official site for Storm-Fallen. Here I will post updates on the status of the novel, the newest chapters for you to read, and a ton of behind-the-scenes info on the world of Hedos and what is in store for the future of the series. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to check out the new website, and I hope to see you here a lot more!