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Amazon Steals Serial Novel Thunder From 711 Press: Part 2

As promised, for our readers and subscribers who've sent so many wonderful emails in support of this latest 711 Press blog, we've decided to turn this particular blog subject into a series. Hey, we might as well "serialize" it, ha-ha. Through this blog, we'll keep you updated on our thoughts about Kindle Serials and how they compare to 711 Press TV Books over the weeks and months to come. Without knowing much about Amazon's Serials at this point, considering Amazon is releasing little information on the 8 titles they've announced except for the names of the books and authors, we've decided to make the focus of this particular blog post about how we stand out beyond what you'll receive through Amazon Serials.

First off, we're fine with Amazon putting out serials. In fact, we welcome it. It will only serve to prove what we've already stated in the past, that episodic fiction is the future for readers who love their Kindles. And who better to release a slew of serialized Kindle books than Amazon? However, with that said, one may wonder if Amazon is just trying to repackage their fallen "Kindle Singles" platform, re-envisioning the form of a single to stay at the head of the game, since that failed to catch on... No need to thank us Amazon, we knew you'd "catch on" eventually.

So, in our observation, if Amazon were a major television network such as NBC, 711 Press would be considered the Fox network in its beginning stages. As a "smaller" network, we (Daniel Middleton and Jaime Vendera) have the creative freedom to do what we want to create amazing, quality programming. Being a smaller network is to our advantage, because we started this company with a vision to release only books that we oversee from start to finish, refusing to release more than one serial at a time, choosing quality fiction releases over quantity. By focusing our combined efforts on one serial TV Book show at a time, while working with dedicated writers and a season editor, we can lift the storytelling to lofty and highly entertaining heights, particularly for those who are into the kinds of genres we are.

What does 711 Press being a smaller network mean to you? It means that you are guaranteed to receive one new Movie Book per month and one new TV Book episode per week. We stand by our "programming" and it's our promise that each Movie Book (check out our current Movie Book Titles here) and TV Book release, including Order of 5ive, Mafiosi, Age of the Sigil, Phoenix Earth, and all future titles, have and will be thoroughly plotted, eloquently written, and furiously edited to make sure that every single 711 Press release is grade A quality. And as each new 711 serial nears its end, we have a new TV Book series waiting in the wings to fill it's shoes. So consider us an alterntive TV Network or movie studio with literary programming.

Many have asked us for more products. To that we say, "Quality over Quantity." We believe that if we were to release multiple TV Books at once, each individual TV Book serial may suffer in creative quality, due to loss of focus or attention. Lack of attention toward a fiction title brings to mind companies like AuthorHouse who've released books featuring poorly edited content with subpar covers.

Will Amazon go the way of AuthorHouse? We wonder what lengths Amazon will go to to make sure each of their serialized books receives the care and nurturing required in order to provide the reader with typo free, inspired, quality content worth the reader's attention. I guess we shall see--but we already know where you can receive that kind of quality this instant. So if you want to read quality, cutting edge serialized fiction from the company that reinvented the episodic read, check out our TV Books here.


Amazon Steals Serial Novel Thunder From 711 Press

After delivering quality serialized novels to Amazon for over a year in the form of what we call TV Books, Amazon has announced today that it will be serialzing 8 novels that Kindle users can subscribe to, paying one up front cost and receiving portions of the novels as they are published. We have preached this model for over a year now, when no one else has even attempted to try it, save one obscure company I can bring to mind that published similar books months after we launched Order of 5ive in July 2011.

We published our serials exclusively to Amazon for most of 2011, and all of 2012 so far, and we have long said that we are bringing ideas to the fore that will challenge current publishing conventions. Traditional publishing is falling apart due to outmoded business models and expensive publishing methods, but we feel that breathing new life into the industry is key to creating a groundswell of new readership. This is why we launched 711 Press, and particularly why we launched the TV Book line which can be viewed as serialized novels. In fact, in November of 2011, we posted this blog about Episodic Fiction, which gives you some idea of where we stood at the time, and still do today.

So if you want to read cutting edge serialized fiction from a company that had its heart set on the model from the outset, check our our TV Books here.


What Are Movie Books and TV Books?

In today’s fast-paced society, it seems that everyone has forgotten about the medium of reading, which is one of the first forms of entertainment. With the introduction of iPhones, Netflix, and video games, as well as reality shows and movies, we have essentially diminished the act of reading for the current generation. No longer are the vast majority of youths digging into books and exploring new worlds with the sole use of the imagination. With that said, 711 Press decided to embark on a bold new venture.   

So What Are Movie Books and TV Books?
Well the simple answer is, they are stories that are meant to be consumed in the same amount of time it takes you to watch an actual film or television show. And while the mediums differ, our Movie and TV Books apply the same storytelling conventions used in film and television productions. Certain themes are explored, plot arcs are carried over, and characters are given room to develop and grow as the narrative unspools during the course of your reading. But all this doesn’t take a week to experience, as our books, like we said, take the same amount of time to read as watching a movie or television show does.

What Differentiates Movie and TV books From Regular Novels?
The idea behind our products is not based on traditional publishing norms, therefore we are not competing with publishers per se. We don’t consider our books “novels.” In fact, that word isn’t used by us. We produce the equivalent of novellas, or short stories, but the storytelling methods we employ differ from conventional methods used in the past, as our tales tend to take the form of movie and TV show narratives. You would have to read our products to get a true sense of this, however, while keeping all this in mind, as it is a departure from what most “novel” readers are probably accustomed to.

Our Movie Books aren’t meant to be grand pieces of literature. They are short, 80120-page reads that are well-plotted and well-written pieces of entertainment. And each book is edited and designed with care, all in an effort to get you into the story, keep you on the edge of your seat, and have your heart racing by the end of the read. Our aim is to give you a movie-going experience via reading. You’ll fall in love with some characters, while you’ll truly despise others. You’ll relate to their situations and keep reading to find out where the story will end. So feel free to pop some popcorn and crack open a can of soda while you read, because the moment you open a Movie Book, the adventure will begin, and hopefully it will be one you won’t want to end.

Can You Really Sum Up a Story in a Hundred Pages or Less?
Yes you can! As one reviewer of one of our trilogies correctly stated, “Although the books in this series are not long, there is a lot of stuff going on.” By removing all of the “filler” from a book (sometimes 300 pages worth) then choosing to focus on quick, descriptive narrative, while including meaningful, plot-advancing dialog, we can allow the reader to become part of the book they are reading. You, the reader, will be living the adventure in your mind, and it won’t take weeks to complete. You’ll be finished with one Movie Book within one to three hours, and be ready to move on to the next adventure.

Many may ask, “Why not combine three 100-page 711 Press Movie Books into a full length book? Essentially a novel.” The simple answer: because, as we stated, we are delving into new territory and don’t wish to follow the traditional norms of storytelling used in novels. Combining a trilogy, such as The Crisis Trilogy (The Crisis Artifact, The Chaos Pendulum, and The Catastrophe Scroll) would be a total mind-melt of plots, concepts, and characters, and would not allow you enough time to mentally digest the richness of the complete story. So don’t fall into the trap of allowing page count to fool you as regards a book’s merit. That’s a deceptive measuring tool of the true quality of a book. Consider this, if all three Matrix movies were mashed together and released as one movie, which was over six hours long, you would be so overwhelmed by the end of the movie that your brain would be fried trying to resolve the intricate concept of the plot.

Who Would Enjoy a Movie Book or TV Book?
Anyone who enjoys fast-paced action movies like the James Bond series, Indiana Jones, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, or Underworld would enjoy our continually growing line of titles, which span many genres. If you are a lover a hour-long television shows such as The Sopranos, Heroes, AlphasGame of Thrones, or Battlestar Galactica, our TV Books will keep you wanting more. You’ll be able to finish one TV Book episode in less than an hour.

So, when you’re ready to start living a book in your mind, whether you’re into shorter works that feel like two-hour movies, or episodic TV Shows that develop over the course of a full season, consider 711 Press your home. At 711 Press, there’s something for every reader!