The Plympton ‘literary studio’, which has three titles in the initial round of Amazon Serials releases, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund future releases. They say their aim is to develop serial fiction that gives readers the same kind of satisfaction as TV shows such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, where audiences are able to anticipate new instalments of stories on a regular basis.
The aim of the Kickstarter campaign is to help Plympton support authors as they work on serials. Depending on how much they contribute, backers get to have different levels of involvement, but at the upper end of the scale – from $5,000 upwards – backers are given the chance to become more involved in the editorial process for certain projects.
Plympton certainly seems to be at the forefront of the new era of serial fiction launched by Amazon yesterday, and I’m sure that there’ll be others springing up to develop similar ideas. Could Plympton be the HBO or Showtime of serial fiction? Hard to say, but it looks like those are the kind of targets at which many in the serial fiction world will be aiming.