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That time I wrote the first serial novel ever published on the website of a major city newspaper


Here's the article in the Asheville Citizen-Times announcing the launch of Ashes to Asheville, the real-time weekly serial novel I wrote from April of 2016 until I concluded the story in November of 2017. I didn't know it at the time, but Ashes is the first serial novel ever published on the website of a major daily newspaper. Early each Thursday I finished writing that week's installment, and by 9 a.m. that morning it was published on the paper's website. The cool thing was that I could include, and weave into the story, all kinds of events that had happened just days before, be it in Asheville or anywhere else. Here's how Ashes looked on the website of the USA Today newspaper (tThe Asheville Citizen-Times is part of the USA Today network):



I also made a successful podcast simply by reading each week's installment of Ashes. It sounds crazy to say, but for a couple of months there Ashes was one of the 50 most popular literary podcasts in the world. Here's the image I used to accompany the podcast wherever it was published:



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