Witness the return of the serial novel. My friend Mindy Klasky writes traditional fantasy novels and contemporary fantasy novels. Her traditional fantasies are good, but one reason I prefer her contemporaries is they're funny, which is always a plus in my book (you should pardon the expression). Mindy is trying an experiment, the serially-published, reader-supported web-based novel. How is that for a concept? The book is called Fright Court, and it has lawyers, cupcakes, and vampires, oh my! Before Mindy became a full-time writer, she was a law librarian, and before she was a law librarian she was a lawyer; besides that, she bakes yummy things, so she is definitely qualifed to write this novel.
The idea behind her distribution system is she posts a chapter every week, and asks for donations. In a way it's a variation on the "name your price" business model. She also offer rewards for donations, as you will see if you click the link for Fright Court.
It's a brave new world that has such cupcakes in it!