Forerunners has finished

So after several months, my fourth novel in the series God’s People has come to an end. It has been interesting seeing how many people have been reading it and hearing the comments that have been made. Thank you for staying with the story for so long. I hope it has blessed you in some way and given you a new appreciation of the Old Testament somehow. I know God has been using it for His glory! God has given it a far wider readership than any of my other novels – at some stage or another it has been read in one third of the countries around the world! Hallelujah!

I have just read an article on serialising books. Blog posts have become a great way to publish books chapter by chapter. Of course, when some of us were children (the more mature amongst us) it is possible our mothers bought magazines into the house and they contained serialised stories. I remember grabbing my own mother’s magazine which came out once a week, once she put it down and devouring some of the stories that were held within its pages. There is something fascinating about being left on a cliff hanger or wanting to know what happens next – just because – and yet not being able to read the next page. Perhaps it is a good lesson for all of us to wait a little and set aside our desire for instant gratification.

So there are some Big Questions I need to ask you.

Firstly, was it enjoyable being able to read a book like this or was it frustrating? Were you able to follow the flow?

Secondly, would you like to read another one, at some stage? (There are four altogether in the series.)

Thirdly, where to from now? I am still living in a partial state of lockdown, doing a lot of writing, and the small adventures that ‘normal’ life used to hold are now few and far between. Which is one of the reasons why I decided to serialise Forerunners in the first place. So my Friday posts, which have always had the largest readership, are a challenge to write. And within a week or two of you reading this post the series on Psalms (which has run for more than fifteen months!) will come to an end.

I do have an idea of where to go with that, but what are the options for the Friday posts? What would you, my readers, like to read? Do I write whatever fresh material I can and resort to repeating early posts when life is quiet and adventures don’t happen. Do I leave the Friday post for a while? (which is not a happy option for me) Do I serialise another novel? (I feel it may be too soon to do that.)

I would really appreciate some input from you. I love hearing from you and I need your help here.

So, I am looking forward to receiving your comments. I hope you enjoyed Forerunners as much as I enjoyed writing it.

God bless you, wherever you may be in the world.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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