SLeuth – short story part 2 published

Posted by jerry on May 31st, 2008 — Posted in Journal, New media, Writing

I have been part of a writers’ group in the virtual world SecondLife for some time, and last year was asked if I’d like to submit something for the literary journal SLiterary. The deadline was only a few days away, but I had been toying with an idea for a novel for some time and thought I’d try out a sample piece and see what the reaction would be.

That was Part 1 of SLeuth – a kind of detective fiction set partly in SecondLife and partly in the real world. The piece was accepted and I was paid in real money – a bonus in my view – and received very good feedback from the editors – two real-life literary editors.

Later, I was invited to speak in-world as an invited guest at a ‘meet the author’ gathering in SL. There, I got to meet a number of my readers and engaged in really stimulating discussion. But one of the key things that came out was that they wanted to know what happens next. I had kind of thought of this as a one-off to test the waters, but as the deadline fast approached for the second edition, the editors approached me and specifically requested part two, and they would keep the deadline open to give me time to submit it.

In the end they won and I wrote the second part – but it has shown me above all that there is a real appetite for this tale. You can download the journal by clicking on the images below and the pdf will be delivered to your machine. It’s free and gratis as the costs of the journal are met by advertising. So here are the journals with part one and two of SLeuth – let me know what you think… 🙂

SLiterary 2007 autumn

SLiterary 2008 Spring

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