T.A. Pratt, author of the Marla Mason urban fantasy series, is embarking on a reader supported serial novella called Bone Shop. Editions will be posted on Mondays, and readers can donate whatever they like for the chance to read it.
The proceeds benefit Pratt’s family as his wife has been laid off. As Pratt said in his LiveJournal entry:
As I mentioned yesterday, my wife was laid off this week, and while we both hope she finds a new job soon (and that I sell some more novels, as far as that goes), we’re in sudden need of money now. I could have just straight-out asked for financial help—and for those who’ve offered that, thanks, it’s appreciated—but I’m a writer, and if there’s one thing I have in ample quantity, it’s stories to tell.
Specifically a story I’ve been wanting to write for a while, but couldn’t find the right market for: a longish piece about the early adventures of my series character Marla Mason.
Bone Shop is a serialized, donation-funded urban fantasy novella, available for anyone to read for free.
I know a few folks have been talking via Twitter about how they’d be more than happy to purchase a book directly from an author. Here’s one opportunity from a frank storyteller.