Hobson & Choi, my ongoing webseries about two mismatched detectives and their weird adventures in a horribly corrupt modern London, has experienced a strong few months. We've done well on Jukepop Serials, the first collected book edition has come out and also put in a strong showing. So since we had a big positive announcement today, it seemed a good time to do a general H&C post, talk about stuff, make some declarations.
Hopefully it's all ultimately going to be good news. But be warned: your emotions may vary. Let's start with the really obvious flag-waving upbeat section.
So, not only have we been #1 in the monthly Jukepop Serials charts for the last couple of rounds - which would be pretty excellent in itself - but we recently crossed a pretty big boundary: Hobson & Choi now has the most votes of any serial in the history of the site.
Look, here's a screen grab of that fact, taken on the evening of Oct 16th.
To be honest, that's basically our biggest single achievement on that site - it's amazing that the many and varied readers of Jukepop have embraced the story, and thanks to everyone and anyone who voted, commented, reviewed or recommended us anywhere and other such things. Hooray.
We also won the biannual prize, finally announced today, for getting the most votes in the six months between April and September. This win was helped by big boosts from the book launch and releasing twice-weekly chapters for ten weeks. All of which means we win $500, which is almost all going into promo/expenses for the H&C novels. Brilliant stuff, thanks again.
And now, to conclude this victory lap, here's a short video by fellow JP author, recent successful Kickstarter organiser and friend-of-the-serial Virginia McClain.
Crossing The Finish Line
Here's another announcement I've been sitting on: the Hobson & Choi webserial is finishing with the upcoming gala-sized H&C #100. That should be with you in late November, unless I injure myself.
It's not the end of the Hobson & Choi story, that will continue in book form, but it is the end of Angelina Choi's two-week work experience, the wrapping up of a few major subplots and, I've decided, a reasonable place to draw a line.
Basically, I'm doing this to focus on the book editions. That was always the plan, and since I'm approaching a clear breakpoint and am on a high in terms of Jukepop achievements (see above), this seems the right time to burn out rather than fade away.
The serialised nature of the original chapters is only causing more work when editing them into book form, not to mention I might sell more copies of later books if I stop giving all the material away for free (even if in a less polished form).
So this is it. Six chapters to go, four of which I've already written, and then we're all done with the serial. Leaving us only with...
Hobson & Choi: The Glorious Book Editions
Since I've just announced I'm ditching the webserial for them, let's have an update on the H&C novels. Book Two came back from the editor a couple of weeks ago, and I am hoping to enact the changes by the end of this month, just in time to consider whether I want to do NaNoWriMo after all.
The cover is also coming soonish, but to make sure I have enough time to deal with the actual technical self-publishing stuff, get the print and ebook editions out at the same time, plan some promotion and avoid competing with Santa, the actual publication date will most likely be in January.
Book Three to follow, probably in late spring/early summer, and then we're into all-new book-only material.
Phew. So yeah, it's a pretty busy time in the H&C section of my schedule. I also have a fantasy novel which I'm nursing through various latter-stage drafts, so I'm keeping occupied.
If you want to encourage me in my dreams, feel free to buy The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (aka H&C Case One) from one of the many buy links on the H&C homepage. If you've purchased your copy already, why not leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads? Or subscribe to the mailing list and get a free all-new H&C short story?
If you've done all that, you're probably alright. Thanks for reading. Time for a nap, I think. Feel free to leave any heartfelt eulogies for the Hobson & Choi webserial in the comments, I'll probably write my own once the end comes.