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I've always enjoyed a wide variety of interests in life, and when I sat down to formulate exactly what kinds of information I wanted to share in this blog, MY NOVELS was a top choice to survive the final cut. Enjoy!

Strategic Reality: A mostly unknown or well-hidden truth that, once discovered and strategically implemented, imparts the beholder with a newfound sense of control over their Health, Wealth, Wisdom and Happiness!  Richard L. Bristol

Welcome to "The Strategic Reality Files" MY NOVELS Blog!

Over the years I've written four novels. They remain unpublished because I'm a good enough writer to recognize they still need a lot of work to shine. However,  I will soon begin releasing these rough drafts online, for the purpose of getting feedback. If you're brave, read them. If I receive enough positive comments, I may polish and publish; in which case, the brave will be suitably rewarded!

My plan is to release these works in a serialized format, one short, easily digestible Chapter at a time, every few days. That way, even people who don't feel they have a lot of time to invest in learning about a relatively "unpublished" author, can do so in tiny bites.

Historically, this is the way many authors got their start. Yael Goldstein Love, co-founder and editorial director of Plympton Publishing, commented on this for an online interview several years ago. She said:

  • "The first proper serialized novel (that is, a novel written by one person and meant to be a novel—and, yes, I say this in order to exclude One Thousand and One Nights) was Honoré de Balzac’s The Old Maid published in a French newspaper in 1836. This was actually the first daily newspaper in France, and the publisher included the serialized novel in order to lure people into buying his paper so much more frequently than they were used to buying newspapers. It was a good ploy, worked wonders for circulation, and soon everyone was doing it."
  • "That same year in England Charles Dickens began to serially publish The Pickwick Papers, which no one much liked for the first three installments but everyone suddenly loved starting with the fourth installment. Dickens became a household name and every newspaper and magazine started scrambling to sign up writers to produce serial novels for them. Pretty soon, and for much of the 19th century, it was rare for a novel to be published as a book without first appearing as a serial. Serialization was used to to test commercial viability and to build an audience."
  • "It’s a tough time for writers. I mean, it’s always been a tough time for writers, but it’s even tougher now. Shrinking book market, skittish publishers, demise of the bookstore, etc. I think we’re all just looking for new ways to find an audience to appreciate what we produce. Serialization once worked very well for connecting authors with readers, and there’s reason to think it’ll work again."
  • "People are constantly telling me that they wished they read more books. When I ask them what’s stopping them they always have the same answer: lack of time and not knowing what to read next. Serialization helps with both. If you feel like you don’t have a lot of time to spare you don’t want to pick up a 300 page novel. But who doesn’t have half an hour to spare here and there for a serial installment? It’s a great way to ease people into reading longer works."

While I may not be a modern day Charles Dickens, those who have read my novels were at least entertained by them, even in their present "rough draft" format. But going from rough draft to polished perfection is an editing gauntlet demanding enormous time commitment, which I would be willing to invest given the proper encouragement. I'll let my audience cast their votes in that regard with a thumbs up or down counter included with every Chapter.

Stay tuned to this blog! There's a lot more to come!

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