Hi, S.W. I got the gig because Thomas & Mercer picked my previous novel, Jewball, off the KDP self-publishing pile, and we all got along. My editor asked me if I wanted to be part of this pilot program. I saw the potential and said yes immediately.
As for your second question, I've written half the book thus far, and more or less know where I'm going with the story. So there's some room for reader input, but not much. I'm more interested in this forum as a way to communicate directly with readers, to hear their intelligent opinions, and to answer their questions about the writing process. That said, I welcome constructive criticism, will take seriously all good ideas, and look forward to seeing what emerges.
Um, at that price I will definitely order it! I missed the part about the following episodes being delivered at no cost. That makes all the difference in the world--this is a bargain. I have enough faith in your writing chops to plop down $2 any day! (And, to be clear, I just have an issue with ebooks costing as much or more than print versions. It would be one thing if the author was actually getting all the money, but, of course, you're not.)
Neil, I share your views on serials and I embraced Amazon's new program for the same reasons. Kindle Serials are not for everyone, I totally get that. Metaphorically, a serial novel is kinda like a glass of wine. If people can get into the "spirit" of cliff-hanger serials and understand they're episodic, like TV serials, I think people will enjoy the experience. Of course, anyone who buys them certainly has the option to wait until all the episodes are delivered, but I'd be willing to bet they'll sneak a peek along the way!