Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Writing a series
Does it seem to anyone else that there are more and more series (not sure how to pluralize that one) out there lately? Sometimes I wonder can't an author just write a stand-alone book anymore?
I know there are many reasons to do a series: too much story for one book, introducing new elements, and, of course, more money.
I was considering a series for my debut novel Growing Up Gracie. In fact I have a start on book two, Danielle, Never The Bride. These books would each come from a member of the "All-Mormerican Family" the Fremonts. But now I'm not sure it's going to happen.
This is a difficult choice to make. I didn't end Gracie in a cliffhanger by any means. It stands alone. However, many people who have read it continue to ask me when the next book will come out.
A series to me is scary. It lends a spirit of "have to" to the writing that I don't know I can deal with for six books. I'm not saying I'm not going to follow through with this project, I'm just not certain at this point.
Have you written a series? What are the pitfalls of writing a series? What are the joys?
Posted by Maggie at 6:53 AM