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Chapter 8 Voting is closed

Initially, the three options were neck and neck, but then the memory stick scenario pulled into the lead:
I’ll bet they’re getting hungry - let’s see some manna. 823%
How can Tim possibly resist cracking open that memory stick—even with Randy and Marianne in the room? 1851%
Expose Tim as the Voice of Reason. It's fun to watch him squirm. 926%

When I was feeling out the initial story elements, I had about 100 people voting, but now that number's dropped to 35 two months in a row. Is it un-fun? Or are some people wanting to wait til the story's complete to read it all in one shot? Or some other reason I haven't thought of?


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Sep. 26th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying the story and read it as soon as I can. It's fun helping you write and trying to challenge you.
Sep. 26th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad to hear it! I personally am terrible following a serialized anything. Even a TV show. I wait for the season to be over and watch it in one marathon on Netflix or Hulu.
Sep. 26th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Drop in numbers
While I admit that I did cast my vote - memory stick - It was really difficult to decide.

Possible, in my opinion, reasons that votes have dropped off:

1.People have to make so many decisions during they day, they do not want to make any more then they absolutely have to - like the whole Where do you want to go for lunch? - I don't know, anything is fine, what do want? - How about a burger - Ehhh, what else else sounds good... scenario.

2.They think they will think about it and then vote and then they don't.

3.They have read (insert JCP title here), realize that you are made of awesome, and want to sit back and just wait for your genius / muse to do its thing.

4.Waiting till it is finished is a huge possibility. I tend to read books in one evening / sitting knowing that it may take a year to finish they story killed me just a little bit. I had planned on just waiting till the story was done and purchasing it. Then I read the first chapter, got sucked in could not wait to read what happened next and decided to let my normal habit go and have fun with a new type of reading experience.

Just a couple thoughts.

Sep. 26th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
Re: Drop in numbers
I hadn't considered decision fatigue. I read a whole book about that...shit, can't remember the title. It was about people who make themselves crazy weighing the pros and cons of decisions until finally they will be more dissatisfied with any decision they make than someone who just gives something brief consideration and picks something (Ah, I remember...it's The Paradox of Choice.)

I'm also bad at following series or serials so that was the first reason that popped into my head.
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
school started. :(

I was staring at your post yesterday whining to myself, then picked up another paper to grade. I'm still interested, just busy. But voting doesn't matter so much to me, except insofar as giving a favorite author feedback. I just like reading you.

ETA: both three and four, from the post above, could apply to me. I'm a fast decision maker, so not so much that. :)

Edited at 2010-09-26 04:08 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I can so relate - I worked from 7-5 today and went "yay, I'm done!" and then realized I needed to get my Monday JCP Books sale together! Bah!

I love that you would vote just to give me feedback. THANK YOU!
Sep. 26th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I love that I get to vote! I normally try to read as fast as I can, so reading a serial is defo a change of pace but it's great because I am "forced" to slow down and actually absorb the story.

The other reason I can think of, on top of the ones already mentioned, is if people see that their preferred option already has the majority of votes, they may not feel they need to add to the numbers because it's already going the way they want to go?
Sep. 26th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
That's a point I hadn't thought of, about being forced to take it slow and reflect every few chapters. I remember a review I got of Camp Hell where someone sucked it down in one night (97000 words!) and then had the gall to label it "too convoluted." Well, duh...if you only read every third word, I imagine it would seem so!

I'm unsure if readers generally know the way the vote is going unless I say "Option B is in the lead!" or something like that to drum up interest.

I think my main concern, underlying this, is that readers are bored with the story while I'm still excited about it (and I'm the only one.)
Sep. 27th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm still mega excited, and I think it's lots of fun :)

Boohooo to the person who thought Camp Hell was "too convulated". I was ecstatic when I opened up Camp Hell and found out how many pages it was (compared to the other Psycops)!
Sep. 27th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I love hearing that. I adore being deep into a book, checking how much is left to read, and doing a little cheer when I see I still have a whole bunch more "book" to go.
Sep. 27th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Not bored at all!
I think people start out excited over any new thing. We have wall to wall people in a store the day it opens. By the next week the poor sales ladies are getting paid to file their nails. Humans are fickle. I like the voting. I like seeing the direction your readers are interested in seeing you take versus the direction you want to go in. Either way, I know I will enjoy whatever you write.
Sep. 27th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Not bored at all!
That's so funny, and true. When a new restaurant opens around here, for the first month you can't get yourself in there with a shoehorn. But then the fervor dies down.
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Jumping in here to say that I'm one of those who is waiting for more of the story before I start reading. I read the first two installments and thought "Damn, this is pretty cool" but I tend to hate to read things in bit and pieces. I'm one of those super fast readers, but for me it's more that I want to become completely engrossed in a world/story and let it take me where it will. Waiting each month for the next chapter of Zero Hour nearly killed me, so I'm holding off until there's more of the Starving Years before I read it. But please keep up the great work. I LOVE that you do a free serialization every month in your newslatter. It's keeps us fans interested, but speaking for myself only, it also makes it seem as if you really do care about your devoted fans, and don't just say that you do as some sort of BS lipservice (which you can sense that some authors do.) I know you want us to buy your books - it's how you make your living after all - but things like your podcasts, newletter and serialized stories makes it feel like you REALLY appreciate and respect your fans.

Sep. 28th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
Waiting each month for the next chapter of Zero Hour nearly killed me
It's probably sick, but I love hearing that ;-)

I know you want us to buy your books - it's how you make your living after all - but things like your podcasts, newletter and serialized stories makes it feel like you REALLY appreciate and respect your fans.
This is a very cool way to put it, because I do occasionally worry that if I give away items a, b and c for free, plenty of greedy people will assume ALL my stuff is free and have at it via pirating sites. And they do, but I have to hope that the number of readers who are not deluded will keep me afloat in my frugal existence. Dang, it's a precarious thing to live by book sales alone!

When I was putting together this week's podcast, I did have a moment of, "Ugh, this is really hard...maybe I should cut back to bimonthly," but honestly I consume so many podcasts it seems like it's only fair to refill the podcast well of the world. Maybe I could take every fourth week off. Hm.

Thank you so much for all the kind words :D
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Well, I voted for the initial character selection and was mildly annoyed when only one of my favorites won, so I guess I prefer to just wait till it is all done now... I'm sure whatever gets written will be awesome, especially if I am not distracted by wishing the voting had gone another way. :) (My usual reason for not reading serial fiction is that the authors don't finish, or they take a break of a couple years in the middle of the story or something... I'm sure that won't happen here, you're far too professional.)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'd hoped the desire to see one's votes win would get people to rally their friends to vote, rather than throw up their hands and say, "Whatever." ;-)
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