You want to revisit them and find out if the secondary character from book 1 falls in love with the girl next door or if a totally new love interest shows up. So, as a writer, knowing how popular books in series are, that is what I want to write. My hope is that a reader enjoys the first book in the series so much that she purchases the whole series. But do readers want series or stand alone?
There a couple of different kinds of series. There’s the stand alone type where the books are related because the characters share the same town/workplace/family etc. Each book is a complete love story, and it doesn’t matter too much which order you read them in. Then there’s the type of series that I’m currently writing/editing where it makes a great difference to the reading experience if you read the books out of order.
tentatively named the Solace Lake Romances, is focused on three sisters. When the Lindquist sisters are children, their parents die in what is ruled a murder/suicide. They grow up with their maternal grandparents at their fishing lodge in north-central Minnesota, and when the grandparents die, they inherit the lodge. The sisters come together to bring the now decrepit lodge back to life. Each book is a complete love story for each sister. But over the three books, the mystery of what happened to their parents is unravelled. So it’s crucial that the stories be read in order.
I realize it’s frustrating for readers to begin a series and then be forced to wait for the next book. To alleviate that frustration, I’ve already written all three books (don’t get me going on how long that took!) and since I’m indie-publishing them, I plan to release them closely together.
Do Readers Want Series Or Stand Alone?
My question to readers and writers is this: Do you enjoy series like this that should be read in order or do you prefer a stand-alone series? Tell me what you really think. I’ve written both types of series now so you won’t hurt my feelings either way! And who’s your favorite author of book series? Do readers want series or stand-alone ?
Her Best Man, Book 1 in Left at the Altar series:
Is the best man for her really the best man?
Jana’s Best Tips:
My writing tip: When creating a series, create a “bible” containing all the pertinent information about the series, the plots and the characters. Make it a handy reference guide you can refer to easily so you can keep all the details straight and don’t have to reread a book or two to get the information you need.
Favorite Promo Tip: Do the kind of promo you enjoy and can stick with. Don’t make yourself do something you dislike, because that discomfort will likely show. But don’t get too comfortable with one kind of promotion. What may have worked yesterday may no longer work today.
About Jana Richards
Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.
When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, she can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.
Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at http://www.janarichards.com
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