As I blogged on Monday, I am working on some “Perk at Work” short stories. I’m calling these short stories “mini-novels”. Technically, they could be termed “mini-novellas” since they are shorter than a novella. But when I hear the word “novella”, it conjures up images of Mexican soap operas. And as much as I’d love for “Perk at Work” to be produced in Mexican novella form (that would be AWESOME!), it doesn’t fit what I’m doing.
In this blog, I’ll announce the name of the first ever “Perk at Work” Mini-Novel as well as a brief description. But first, what exactly is it going to be?
I have another comic that I did for a couple of years, a faith-based comic called “In the Way”. I had one book published yet not enough material to create a second book by the time I had to head out to be a vendor at a conference. So I took what I had and created three “mini-books”. Here’s what they look like:
They were a hit! People seemed to like the small introduction to the comic. Most people bought one then came back to buy the other two and even my first book! One thing these books have, outside of comics, is writings. And I found that folks liked the writings as a compliment to the comics.
So I decided to create some extended stories for Perk and Co.
I wrote the first story years ago as a script for a cartoon. At the time, I thought I could do anything with Adobe Flash. I still believe that, only I found out quickly that animation is not fast and easy. So the script sat on the shelf for about five years.
I adapted the “screenplay” version to prose and started brainstorming. I came up with a bunch of stories for all the characters. Then I got excited and started up some possible cover ideas. Here they are (I drew them up in my journal):
So, without further ado, here is the name of the first ever “Perk at Work” Mini-Novel:
“Introductions Are In Order”
Follow along with Perk as he unwittingly finds himself employed at a cafe. His first day is filled with confusion and a lack a burrito crisis. Through it all, he meets his cocky cook, a dashing playboy, a pretty flirt, a tragic hipster, a disgruntled older woman, a charming nerd, a hippy chick, and, ultimately, his absent-minded boss.
I plan for a release date of April 15, 2014. Expect the mini-novel to be available for purchase in print and ebook. Technology!