Today is the day. Part one of my next book, The King of Fear, is being released digitally. It’s available on the iTunes store, at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and anywhere else you get your digital eBooks.

The whole thing is a bit of a marketing experiment by my publisher, Simon & Schuster. It’s a callback to the days of serialized releases, when stories came out bit by bit in newspapers and in pamphlets before they were collected into a novel. Hey, it worked for Dickens, maybe it will work for me.

Truth be told, the whole thing makes me nervous. I hope my readers like the idea, but they might find it irritating that they can only read one section at a time. If you are one of those people, I promise the entire thing will be available in February of next year, both in eBook and paperback form.

As a bit of an explanation, I will say that I wrote this book very specifically in three parts, almost the way a screenplay is structured, so the serialized release makes sense from a narrative point of view. Each section tells a self-contained story, with a kicker at the end that will — I hope — drive you to keep wanting more. My books are quite techy, and this is a techy gambit, so taking this plunge seemed reasonable.

Anyway, let me know what you think. That’s the other beautiful thing about a digital release — your readers are only a click away, and they will absolutely tell you how they feel!