Thursday, December 19, 2013
Is It Worth Doing a Series?
This is one of those questions that has a different answer for each individual. For starters, there are some very popular and amazing series out there. I thought I would start with my own buying habits. I stood in front of my massive bookcase and scanned the contents. I only have all the books in 4 series and they are all paranormal related.
JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. (I tried her angel series and couldn't get into it. Won't be following it)
Larissa Ione Demonica/Apocalypse Horsemen series (I bought the first book in her vampire series and decided I will not follow it)
Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series (Again, her other books did not spark my interest. Not a YA or NA reader anyway)
Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld (Though I seem to be losing interest. The new one is still in my TBR pile and has been for a few months) I have a few of Gena's other books, but never followed her other series.
As a romance reader and buyer I do not feel compelled to buy every book in a series. This seems to hold true with with historical romance purchases with the exception of Elizabeth Hoyt. I concede I have all her books. But she's the only one. Whoops, I also have a couple of Lisa Kleypas's historical series.(but not all her series)
So with information in mind, I turn to my own writing. All my attempts at a series soon lost my interest. As you can see some of mine only have two books. The longest is my paranormal at 4 books. I could continue, but I am hesitating. Why? There are a few reasons, but the main one is:
Just because one book in a series sells well does not mean all the books will. This has been the case for me personally. I do know others have had different and more rewarding experiences.
Let's take my Blind Cupid Series. The Governess and the Beast sold very well and even sparked a few extra sales for the first book, but I KNEW as I was writing The Copper and The Madam (book 3) that this one would not sell as well. And it really hasn't. But I felt compelled to wrap up the story arc and I did have fun writing it, so that's enough for me. It's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise. Time to move on.
Publishers keep telling me readers love series. I am sure they do. There are some very popular series out there. But for every great selling series, there are many more that flounder. And from a personal standpoint, it turns out I prefer writing stand-alone stories. So will I be doing series in future? I don't rule it out. I think if I do, I will write all the books in a series before sending out manuscripts. A series is a great marketing tool, but I haven't seen it turn into any advantage for me. Besides, keeping up with all the characters and plots can be weary, lol~