Perhaps your imagination has gifted you with a wonderful character. Your character’s so fascinating, he or she has mileage for several Kindle ebooks, rather than just one.
Then you have another choice to make.
Will you write a serial, or series?
Readers have asked about differences between a serial, and a series — is there a difference?
Indeed there is.
In a nutshell: a SERIAL is a long story. It’s a novel which is broken up into a part-work. It’s similar to a novel, but it’s written differently, so that each part (episode) has a climax — something that entices readers to read the next episode, and the next.
A SERIES, on the other hand, is several (or many) short stories, or novels. Each piece of fiction is complete in itself. However, each ebook also connected in some way, usually by the main character. Agatha Christie for example, wrote two popular series which have sold for decades: the Miss Marple series, and the Hercule Poirot series.
Why write a serial?
You may write a serial for any number of reasons.
As we said in How To Write Serial Fiction And Make More Ebook Sales:
Your primary reason is that you publish faster, and you publish more regularly.
These days, the more often you can appear in Amazon’s New Releases listings, the better. You’ll get a sales bump for all your fiction each time you publish.
You’ll also build an audience for your fiction more quickly. Readers get used to seeing your name, and will be prepared to buy one of your stories.
There’s another reason too — trust.
Most authors — especially new authors — fail to consider trust. It’s important.
Serials help readers to trust you
When readers download your fiction, whether they’ve paid for it or not, they’ve made a commitment of time and energy. That commitment is worth a lot more than money. And they won’t make that commitment if they don’t trust you.
If you write a novel of 100,000 words, you need to price it accordingly. So you price it at $3.99. You’ll make some sales. But you’re asking a lot from your readers — time, and energy, remember. A novel takes a reader many hours to read. Why should they read your novel, rather than the latest hot bestseller from a writer with whom they’re familiar?
With a serial, a reader’s commitment to each episode is minimal. They can read an episode in their lunch hour at work. You can price early episodes at 99 cents. Few readers will hesitate about clicking the Buy button if your episode sounds as if it might provide some quick entertainment.
Writing a serial is a platform-builder. Consider it whenever you want to establish your name, or a new pen name, in Kindle fiction.
Make more ebook sales of all your fiction, when you write a serial
Fiction serials are platform-builders… consider writing at least one. Not only does a serial build your confidence, it also builds readers’ confidence in you. They’ll join your mailing list, and this has huge benefits for ebooks you’ve already published, and ebooks you’ll publish in future.
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