I’m publishing my novel Tales from the Triverse chapter by chapter, week by week. It’s how Charles Dicken used to do it. I’m looking for beta readers to help me shape the book.
You can start reading Tales from the Triverse right now, starting with chapter 1.
If you’re a writer or want to know more about how books are made, I’m also sharing everything I’ve learned about the process of serialising a novel.
New chapters and behind-the-scenes posts will arrive in your inbox each week. You can also read them on the web or in the Substack app - it’s up to you.
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What is Tales from the Triverse?
I’ve been writing serialised online fiction for over seven years. My current project is Tales from the Triverse, a science fiction crime thriller. So far it’s been about immigration, people trafficking, racism and abuse of power. Also dragons, shape-shifters and robots. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My work tends to be optimistic, empathetic and progressive in its themes.
You can check out my previous three books on Wattpad, if you want:
The Mechanical Crown is my epic fantasy adventure, packed full of airships, swords, battles and politics. It’s big and exciting and I’m very proud of it.
No Adults Allowed is an optimistic, post-apocalypse mixture of Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, but with a central thesis being that young people are amazing.
A Day of Faces was my debut and is a YA coming-of-age story about a snake girl and her shape-shifting friend who accidentally wind up changing the world. It’s hard to explain. You should probably just read it.
How does it work?
When you subscribe this is what you get:
Mondays - writing tips and techniques, all free all the time. I tend to focus on the craft of serialised storytelling and useful technology for writers.
Fridays - new chapters of my fiction, which at the moment is an on-going serialised science fiction thriller called Tales from the Triverse. Chapters are free to read, with behind-the-scenes author notes and discussions for paid subscribers.
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Who is Simon K Jones anyway?
I’m a writer based in Norwich, England.
Just so that you know what you’re getting into, this is me:
My debut novel A Day of Faces was serialised in 2015 and 2016, winning a Watty Award in 2016 and hitting over 179,000 reads online. It’s about youth, revolution and shape-shifting animal people. I completed a 3-year, serialised, weekly run on my follow-up book The Mechanical Crown in 2019 and was selected by Wattpad for their Star programme. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic I serialised the YA novel No Adults Allowed, a post-apocalyptic alternative to Lord of the Flies which turned out to be more timely than expected. I’m currently publishing weekly chapters of my fourth book, Tales from the Triverse, which is a mash-up of a police procedural, science fiction and fantasy.
You might have heard me on The Writing Life podcast which I produced for several years. I’ve spoken about serialisation at Primadonna Festival and for the National Centre for Writing. I’ve also taught for the BBC, FutureLearn, LinkedIn Learning, Access Creative and the Africa Game Developers Community. These days I work at One Further helping cultural organisations do exciting digital things.
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