I'm writing and releasing Hal Spacejock 7 in ten installments of roughly 7000 words (4 chapters) each.
(the first half of the book) are already available on Amazon and Kobo.
When part ten is published I'll release the entire thing as a single novel, as per Hal Spacejock books 1-6.
There are several reasons why I'm writing and releasing Hal 7 in parts, but these are the major ones:
1. Something new for the fans every week or so, not every year or so.
2. It's really keeping me on my toes, and I'm enjoying the challenge.
3. I find it much easier to focus on writing, editing and releasing each part - far easier than trying to prepare an entire novel.
4. No plotting! I'm just working 3-4 chapters ahead, instead of knowing every little detail in advance. That gives my characters freedom to make different choices when the moment arises, and then I type like crazy to keep up with them.
Anyway, half a novel in 3-4 weeks proves it's working, and the feedback so far has been great. As for productivity, I'd be more than happy to release 3 Hal novels, 1 Harriet Walsh novel and a Hal Junior novel every year ...
Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)