Have you discovered the “fiction series” solution to selling more of your fiction? Today, writing in series, for both fiction and nonfiction, is essential.
Ask yourself how many books are available to readers on Amazon’s Kindle Store. Short answer: millions. Moreover, a significant number of the ebooks on the Kindle Store are free to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers.
Fiction series and the “big plot”
Here’s a short excerpt from one of the lessons in our new class, Win Readers: Plan And Write A Bestselling Series Of Novels.
Students often ask me whether it’s necessary to create an over-arching “big plot” for their entire series.
Yes, it is.
Why your big over-arching series plot is important
Ideally, you’ll not only have a big plot for the series, which is resolved in the final book, but you’ll also have cliffhangers for each novel in the series.
You need a big plot, because…
- You’ll keep readers reading, and buying the next book in your series. Your goal is always to write page-turning fiction.
- Without a big plot for the series, you need to work hard to promote every book in the series. Promotion-wise, with a series your goal is simply to promote Book 1, no matter how many books in your series. Take it from me — it’s very challenging to promote ten books in a series when there’s no over-arching plot… It’s like promoting ten standalone novels, and becomes tiresome.
- You give readers more points of entry to your fiction. For example, let’s say that a reader reads novel #5 in one of your series. She loves it. She tells her 5,000 Twitter followers about it. Some of those Twitter followers retweet… One morning you wake up and your KDP dashboard has exploded with sales. Where did they come from? (You have no idea that ONE reader loved novel #5, and lots of people retweeted her.)
- Some of the 60,000 people the original reader reached via tweets and retweets will buy every novel in your series. Without a big plot for the series however, you’d sell many fewer novels.
We’ve got many more strategies in our series class to both help you to write, and to sell.
If you’re writing fiction, you need to write in series. Moreover, you need strategies to plan your series, so that readers read as many of your series novels as possible.
In Win Readers: Plan And Write A Bestselling Series Of Novels our focus is on helping you to do that.
Join us; you’ll make every novel you write much easier to sell.
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