I’ve had some questions about writing a series of novels. Is it hard? It is worthwhile? Will your series sell?
All good questions. 🙂
Is it hard? It can be challenging. I think of a series as one book; that mindset might help you too. In my ghostwriting life, I write trilogies for clients, usually somewhere around 200,000 words, all up. I write them because I enjoy it, so it’s not hard, because I’ve had lots of practice.
Take it word by word. To quote an aphorism, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re starting out writing fiction, I recommend that you start with short stories. After a time, you’ll build your muscles, and you’ll know how stories are built.
It is worthwhile? Definitely. Each book sells the other, so if you get a series that’s a hit, you’re golden.
Will your series sell? Um… excuse me while I dust off my crystal ball… (Peers into crystal, which is clouded over.) Sorry, my crystal’s silent on this one.
No one knows what will sell. Be all about the journey. It’s the only way to write and keep writing.
I wrote a blog post about the following tips here… I hope they help.
It’s all about your series’ CHARACTER
- Choose your poison: family saga, on-going quest, or…?
- Create a problem that’s solved over the course of the series (optional)
- Write BIG: do your very best with each book
- Keep track: Fred has blue eyes, or are they brown?
- Schedule it: get it written
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