Radio and film serials and their cliffhangers have inspired generations of storytellers, George Lucas in particular. From narrow escapes to harrowing chase scenes, the adventures of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, the Shadow, the Green Hornet, and more became part of Americana.
Not that long ago, I wrote a short science fiction story called Point of Contact. It’s about a family in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma at the dawn of the space age in the 1960s. The story was inspired, n part, by a recurring storyline on The Waltons TV show that ran from 1972–1981, and a toy rocket ship I found online. I have decided to serialize the story in eight parts and make it available to my Patreon patrons as my first content offering.
As I gear up my novel writing and publishing (self and traditional) endeavors, I have come to realize that I need some help. Cover design, editing, distribution, sales methods, software subscriptions, social media ads, etc., can be very expensive. Self-publishing has become a viable option for thousands of writers, although I’ll be honest, I resisted this method for the longest time. After going through the wringer with a traditional publisher and narrowly avoiding a few pitfalls that merely delayed my creative output, I’ve decided to self-publish some of my writing.
“But Jerry …” Yeah, I know. I have to actually write and create content. This is very true. I have been an avid blogger since 2013 and I enjoy it greatly. And as many posts as I’ve published, I can still write more and more regularly. In addition to writing full-length novels, I enjoy penning short stories and the occasional poem as well. I have always taken advantage of WordPress’ free blog publishing ecosystem, but in order to take this whole operation to the next level I know I will have to invest some money in this enterprise.
So, my faithful readers, I am asking for your help. I have opened up Buy Me a Coffee and Patreon accounts so you can assist me in getting these stories out of my head. In return, you’ll get exclusive content and plenty of sneak peeks of works in progress. Every little bit helps and I would certainly appreciate your support in keeping the lights on while I craft tales of darkness for your reading pleasure.
As I always say, if you keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them.