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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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.
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
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...
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!
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!