If you’ve read anything I posted on Medium in the last couple of weeks, you’ll have seen that I had a bit of a wobble about whether to continue to publish fiction on Medium or to move everything over to Wattpad. I’ve found Medium an almost perfect platform for short stories and I think the only reason anyone might prefer Wattpad is that it makes it much easier to publish longer stories in many parts. I had reached the conclusion that the best approach was to continue to post short pieces here and to use Wattpad for longer stories.
However, I wasn’t very happy with this compromise, as I’d much rather concentrate my efforts and attention on a single platform. Eventually, it occurred to me that, with a bit of work, I could post a long story in many parts on Medium without, for example, clogging up my profile with a lot of entries referring to individual parts of the same story.
Essentially, my idea was to make the first part and the most recently posted part visible, but to unlist all the posts in between, so that they don’t appear in my profile or in search results. There are a few more details but unlisting posts is the gist of it.
To see if I can make that work, I’ve started to post my crime novel, A Falling Body, in parts of between 1,000 and 2,500 words. I’m not going to lock any parts, so you can eventually read the whole thing at no cost (except your time, obviously). This is the description:
Andrea is an Englishwoman in her early 30s living in France, the cofounder of a successful tech company. Needing a change of direction, she accepts an offer of employment from a powerful, wealthy but physically failing old man; an arrangement which would allow him to share her experiences as if they were his own. Andrea enters into this deal warily, conscious of the obvious pitfalls, but attracted by the salary and fascinated by the technology. At first, the existence of an ever-present internal observer changes her own behaviour in unexpected but not wholly unwelcome ways. Soon, though, it becomes clear that her new employer is intent on sharing some experiences which would destroy her own existence. But how can she resist and outwit an adversary who instantaneously knows her every thought and feeling?
The first two parts are already up. You can find the first one here: