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When writing a story intended to be lengthy, is it better to have a single long novel or a series?


I find myself contemplating often whether or not to turn my potentially very lengthy novel into a series. I have the story all laid out, and it could work quite well in divided sections which could either be their own novel, or just a new section in one complete book. I am afraid though that a long book would be daunting to a reader, and discourage them to commit to reading it. what do you think?

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M. T. Dremer says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    M. T. Dremer, you bring up many good points! I never thought the publisher would be turned off by something out-of-the-norm by a newbie writer. Stephen King gets away with anything, but newbies should research, keep it simple and standard. Brilliant!

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Carolee Samuda (Cardisa) says

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    Nicola Thompson (ThompsonPen) 4 years ago

    thanks for your advice! It's more of a john has to find this piece to the puzzle and do this with it, now he's got to move on to the next piece - there's about four pieces! I like your example :)


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Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    lone77star, so many good points you bring up--and I agree with them all, though I'd never put the thoughts together so succinctly before. You bring up a unique point about self-publishing being an option, too! I think that's what I need to do...

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Lady Wordsmith says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    More brilliant insight from Lady Wordsmith! This is such good advice. I think I now know why my book never caught a publisher's eye for more than a second.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Hahaha MickS, I just love your comment, "...editors are failed or frustrated writer"s. Been there, done that. (It's way easier to edit than to write--shh). I agree--only the author really knows (gut feeling) whether a book/series is required. Cheers!

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tmbridgeland says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    OH! Great idea--offering it both ways! I don't think anyone else has brought that up yet. How practical! Thanks for the comment (my wheels are spinning now).

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J. Biaza says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Hear, hear! To your success with your novel or series or whatever you decide to make of it.

    There is a wealth of information and guidance in these comments; thanks for asking the question--I've learned a lot, too! Maybe I'll get my first book out!

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Lucille Apcar (Pennypines) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Pennypines, we're all just submitting opinions--no need to apologize. Love your point about each book having to be complete, with its own beginning and ending! So many good comments on this question thread--thanks for commenting, too! Cheers!

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