Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. This is an experiment in microblogging. Let me know how I’m doing. Today I am looking at Writing a Series Pt 1.
Should I Write a Series?
New writers are often advised to write a series. The argument is you have a better marketing opportunity. If a reader likes one, he/she will likely buy the others. Is it true?
Yes. But there are other issues to be dealt with. Does the writer’s book have series potential? I know of people who want to write a story about theirs or someone else’s life and that’s all. A good writer could turn that book into a series, but first does that person really want to put out the effort. Only the writer can answer that.
Aside from marketing what advantages are there?
To answer that let me point to my books. Of all my books I’ve written, only one has not been turned into a series and that was Dead Eye Will. Why didn’t I make it into a series? Primarily I wasn’t interested. But I have considered rewriting the story and then turning it into a series, but at the moment I have other stories demanding attention.
But a series has advantages, such as:
- I, the writer, can connect my thoughts from one book to another
- There is continuity for the reader
- Research is still there, but not nearly as much
- Author has already laid out the location, time period, and customs
- It makes writing easier
In Part 2 we will explore this further.
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