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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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 :)
You are welcome. Then maybe it's four stories you have there. I would say each piece of puzzle represents a separate theme. If you add new characters for each story it's even better. Make each piece reads like a different story.
Excellent analysis of the different types of books and conditions! Thanks for writing this--I'm printing this answer out for my own reference files. I didn't realize I had the same question. (Love the 'zombie sequel'... when's that one due out? LOL)
lol....I may just write that one myself...lol
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.
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!
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).
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...
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!
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!
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!