Ashes to Asheville is a serial novel I’m writing that’s being exclusively published online by The Asheville Citizen-Times, the major daily newspaper in Asheville, North Carolina.* The way it works is this:
Every week I write a brand new chapter of Ashes, which picks up the story where the previous week’s chapter left off. Come Wednesday night, I send that new chapter to The Citizen-Times. The next morning, they publish it as is on the section of their website that’s dedicated to Ashes to Asheville. There, you can read not only the latest chapter of Ashes, but all of the previous chapters as well.
Many of the world’s great novels were first published in serial form; that is, first appeared, new chapter by new chapter, in a weekly or monthly magazine or newspaper. Madame Bovary, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, all of Dickens’ major works … the list goes on and on.
It’s exciting to be participating in the revival of this treasured publishing tradition—and to be doing it in this new way. As far as I know, Ashes to Asheville is the only serial novel currently being published by any newspaper in the country.
Along with each new installment of the story, I also publish, here on this blog, a post in which I invite you to come behind the scenes of that week’s chapter.
*Unlimited access to the Asheville Citizen-Times website costs $10 a month. But you can read, for free, up to 10 articles on the site per month. And since I only post on the site one new chapter of Ashes per week, that should do ya for that.