Don’t Feed The Dark Updates 5/16/16

Posted: May 16, 2016 in Apocalypse, books, creative writing, drama, Free Online Novel, free zombie books, Horror, horror fiction, killing zombies, living dead, monsters, mystery, novels, serial novels, Survival, suspense, thriller, Uncategorized, walking dead, zombie books, Zombies
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Well, we are one episode away from wrapping up Chapter 27: The Stand. Just three more chapters remaining until we reach the end of Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Three: Recruits. That leaves us with exactly 12 episodes left staring on Wednesday. I won’t make the mistake I made on the initial serial run by making it very clear right now that this is not the end of the series, just the end of the latest arc in the series. There is much more to tell before The Dark comes to an end. Here’s the latest itinerary wrapping up what’s left for this part of our journey so far:

Chapter 27-4: The Stand (finishes up on Wednesday)
Chapter 28: The Den (4 episodes)
Chapter 29: War of the Gods (6 episodes)
Chapter 30: Aftermath (1 long finale episode)

I’m expecting the final episode of Book Three to conclude on Friday, June 10th.

So the question remains: Where does DFTD go from there?

Well, here’s the good news. I’m already neck deep into writing Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Four: Phantoms. In fact, I just did a word count and discovered that I’ve written more than 75,000 words already!

More good news. I have decided to go ahead and serialize Book Four and keep this series running online for as long as the readers want to keep reading it. So that means for those who have been following this series since its first serial run that started back in February 2014, you will finally get to find out what happened after the conclusion of Book Three.

The only bad news is that I can’t officially announce a release date yet for the upcoming fourth installment to the serial until I’ve written enough of it. Now, you might be saying, “Hey, you’ve already written more than 75,000 words! Why not go with that for starters?”

And the answer: What I’ve written so far is out of sequence. I have chapters 1, 3, and 7 nearly completed. But I need to have at least the first seven chapters done before I feel I can start serializing the new stuff, and that’s not including time to polish the rough drafts enough to post an initial run of the material. So I’ll keep you posted on the time frame, but I feel confident that the new story arc should be ready to post sometime this summer.

As I’ve said before, there is a lot happening in Book Four (highly Top Secret, of course) but I’m confident from what I’ve already written that you will be more than satisfied with the new story arc. It will delve into new places and challenges our survivors have not faced yet, introduce new characters alongside some very familiar characters, and this arc will bring us much closer to some long awaited answers that have been touched upon all throughout this series. And that’s all you’re gonna get.

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WANTED: Looking for Writer’s Forums Around the Web

Moving on to other news. I’ve recently been trying to spend more time online searching for new places to promote The Dark (devoting a strong focus on finding writer’s forums to interact better with potential readers). As a result, I’ve found a handful so far that I’m still exploring. Some are very limiting in what I can post due to the mature content nature of my story. Others just have far too many rules in place requiring more involvement in said forums while offering very little in return. But some, as Baby Bear might say, are just right.

One website in particular that has been very receptive to my long serial, is a place called Royal Road which hosts many serial novels and an abundance of eager readers. I’ve been posting episodes over there for one month now in the hope of generating new readership, and the results have been very promising. In just one month I’ve had over 9,600 views, and that traffic has trickled over to my site as well since new readers have found their way here from there. I want to send a special thank you to all the readers of Royal Road who are some die-hard fans when they like your story. I am truly fortunate to have found this website. DFTD is not the usual fanfare over there so just the fact that even my oddball story can still attract great readers there is a testament to the quality of readership on that site.

If anyone is interested, you can go check out my fiction page at Royal Road in the link above, join the site, and then feel free to support the cause by leaving ratings, reviews and comments if you are so moved to do so (please… pretty please with sugar on top… okay, enough with my pathetic begging). Seriously though, every little bit helps in getting The Dark to more and more readers.

If anyone knows of any other forums that you either heard of or are an active part of, that might be a good place for me to bring DFTD to reader’s attention, I would appreciate any links along with tips to those websites.

One other tidbit, now that I’m thinking about it. What do you all think of the artwork at the top of this post? I’m attempting to get a hold of the artist, Rondell Melling, for permission to use it as the cover for Book Four. I think it’s perfect.

And that’s about it for now (man this update was longer than most). As always, thanks for reading and for helping me promote this massive tale in any way you can. Thank you for sharing The Dark on your own social media pages, websites, etc., and for simply encouraging me to continue posting this epic tale.

Talk to you soon,

-Scott

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  1. Where do you get the art work?

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    • sscherr says:

      Hey Allen. I found this cool site pixabay.com where there is a decent variety of free public domain photos for commercial use.

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      • Thanks might have to start adding some art to my posts. Do you notice an increase in traffic with art attached to the posts?

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      • sscherr says:

        I’ve noticed some increase (it’s hard to determine with wordpress stats sometimes). But I’ve been able to promote in places I normally couldn’t because of the images, like pinterest, and flickr. Not to mention it has to be beneficial as I’m sure pictures show up on Google Images searches and the like.

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      • Thanks for the link to pixabay. I will have to drop some pictures into my next chapter and see if that increases my traffic some.

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      • sscherr says:

        No problem. Hope it helps. I just found the artist of the picture I mentioned in my last post and sent her a message through facebook asking for permission to use her work for my book cover. I’m unclear how far a public domain released image can be used, and besides, I wanted her blessing and to be able to credit her for her work. I hope she gives me the green light because I really love that photo.

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      • It is always good to credit when we can. I hope that someone would credit me in a similar situation.

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  2. Nash McGowan says:

    I love the art at the top. Gina pre hack and slash to her hair.

    For forums, have you tried Tales of the Zombie War? I am unsure what their site traffic is like but this is the page that introduced me to the awesome Z Genre. I never would have found out about online serials without it.

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    • sscherr says:

      That’s exactly what I though about the artwork. All hail Gina! Thanks for the info about Tales of the Zombie War. Never heard of it. I will check it out ;)

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