THEM Episode 4 Is Finally Off To The Editor!

THEM episode 4Well, I told you I was struggling to finish Episode 4, and I wasn’t lying. After months of plot revisions, delays, and just plain old writer’s indecision, I finally finished Episode 4 this week, did the rough edits, and sent it off to my editor.

But, no rest for the weary. When it comes back and I make the suggested corrections, it’ll be published to the Kindle store, then I’ll be working on the Complete First Season compilation. Once that’s ready it’ll go off to my book layout designer to be formatted for print and ebook, and I’ll be uploading it to Amazon shortly thereafter.

Plus, I’ll be starting on plotting for Season 2 next week as well…

[The good news is, now I can catch up on The Walking Dead. I haven’t watched a single episode since I started writing Season 1. No lie. I don’t watch or read anything in the same genre when I’m writing, which kind of sucks. Thankfully there has been some hella’ good superhero-themed television lately – Arrow, Flash, and Daredevil to name a few (but I think Agents of Shield and Gotham both blow the big one – who wants to watch a superhero show that’s not about superheroes?). So, it hasn’t been all bad.]

Anyway, I’ll keep you folks posted on my progress as I get closer to releasing the last episode in Season 1. A few things to note:

  • Episodes will get longer in the second season. I read my reviews and listen to my readers, so I won’t be releasing any more novellas in this series from here on out (with one exception – I will be writing short stories in this universe and with these characters for the Kindle platform – most will focus on character back stories and sub-plots that I haven’t had time to flesh out in the main series).
  • I know some people have bitched about paying $2.99 for what’s basically a novella (the length of the first three episodes was around 20,000 words, with Episode 4 coming in at 30,000), so I’m also dropping the prices back on the third and fourth episodes in the first season. What sucks is that when you price an ebook under $2.99 on Amazon, they take a bigger chunk on the front end. But it seems as though readers are used to paying $2.99 to $4.99 for full-length books in this genre and .99 cents for novellas. So, once I release Episode 4 and the Season 1 Compilation I’ll drop the prices back on the individual episodes in Season 1 to compete.
  • Also, I’ll be pricing the ebook version of the Season 1 compilation at a very reasonable price of $2.99 $3.99. I’m really hoping it doesn’t piss any of you off who bought Episode 3 for $2.99, but I’m trying to do the right thing for my readers while staying competitive with other authors. I hope you’ll understand.

Again, thanks for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate all the positive feedback I’ve received from readers who have enjoyed the series thus far.

2 Comments

  1. dawn Littlefield on May 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Awesome job and I can’t wait for the rest of the story. And I agree about gotham but the penguin makes it interesting or I’d have stopped watching. And I think not watching the walking dead with the rest of us is some sort of crime so be careful. :)

    • M.D. Massey on May 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Dawn! Actually, I thought the Penguin was the only interesting character on the show, but it wasn’t enough to keep me interested. Missing TWD has been rough, but on the plus side when I get this last episode published I can binge on The Walking Dead all weekend long.

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