Series Vs Stand Alone Books

by Anthony Mays

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Posted by 3wildkiddos
At one of my author meetings, I was asked why I don't write series books using the same character(s). Series are the way to make money in this business - keep readers coming back.

I'm not opposed to series writing, and have the seed in one of my characters that I used in two books, but I'm not ready for that at this point in my career.

One of my pet peeves with those that do write series is that often there is no ending and I have to get the next book to see where the story goes. I usually try to avoid reading a book that has book 1 in the title. I don't remember book 1 with Treasure Island or the other classics, but then again, the writing world has changed with the advent of electronics. One series writer I enjoy reading is Janet Evanovich who writes a beginning, middle, and ending.

For the time being, I am happy writing different stories/characters, and my hope, as another author said, is to entertain the reader and maybe leave them wanting to try another of my books.

I'd like to see your comments about series versus stand alone writing.

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I understand what you mean. When I visit the library and see an interesting book only to find it's #2 in a series, I usually just put it back on the shelf unless I can find #1 on the shelf at the same time. On the other hand, I'm in the process of writing Book #2 in my own series although I can say each book can or will stand on its own story-wise. Still, after I finish Book #2, I think I'm going to revert to stand alones only. As a writer, it takes the pressure off and creatively it's more fun!

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Thanks for your feedback Elizabeth. As I stated, I'm not against series books, it's just not for me. And, I agree with you that there may be added pressure to keep a character(s) fresh with a series, although there are many successful authors that have done just that. I may be limiting my readership by my thinking, but we all have to write what is best for ourselves.

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