Should the series be a serial?
1) I write about 10,000 words a day. After all the rewrites and edits, this translates to about a book per month. Though the publishing industry has hastened certain processes in the past few years, publishing books as quickly as I can write them is not one of its new powers. Publishing smaller works would speed the rate of distribution and get the books to readers faster.
2) The books in the series are long, so long that they need to be split into volumes if I want to get anything like a decent turnaround time from critics and reviewers. Commander and Den Asaan is three volumes and is over 300,000 words. I splitt the books into volumes where there is a natural peak and resolution in the story. Splitting them down into serial format would create more suspense and allow for those who don't have time to read much during the day to catch up quickly. Comics do this, and now even some manga-based novels are beginning to do the same. Maybe they have the right idea.
There are over 30 books in the series, each of them following various arcs involving what is now a 200-character cast. 5 books in the series have already been published, but I could get them out faster (says my publisher) if I broke them into arcs of about 25,000 words. There are logical breaks between chapters where this could easily happen, which is why I began considering the idea. Twisk and I have always said this series would make a decent Anime; making it a serial would only bring it closer to that profession.
I'm interested to hear what you gents and ladies have to say about this. Do you prefer books with a new book every few months, or would you prefer a serial with a new novella-sized publication every few weeks?