Your Hosts: Dan, Erin, Brandon, Howard
Let’s look a the business considerations of whether that thing you’re writing is a standalone story, or part of a series. The factors are complex, and a single factor (like, say distribution channel) isn’t likely to make the decision clear cut.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Examine your favorite series. What were the questions asked in each installment, and in which installment were those questions answered?
Your Hosts: Brandon, Howard, and Dan, with special guest Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher joined us at NASFIC for a discussion about how we can keep long-running serials engaging after numerous books.
Credits: this episode was recorded before a live audience by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Something we didn’t know was intelligent has been intelligent all along.
Brian McClellan joined us to field questions about writing novels and series. Here are the questions:
- How do you write an ending that is open for sequels, but isn’t a cliffhanger?
- Is it a good idea to take a large novel, and release it instead as serial novellas?
- Can you debut with a series, or should you establish yourself with standalone novels first?
- How do you keep readers coming back for each new novel when there’s a long time between them?
- Should you have more than just one book done before querying agents?
- What do you do if your novel turns out to be too short to be a novel?
- Is it possible to write a series as a discovery writer?
- How do you foreshadow big things that are a long way out?
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Take two books or movies, suggested from friends. Those are parts 1 and 3 of a series. Now figure out how part 2 works.