To sequel or not to sequel: that is the question

December 16, 2015

Lots of how-to guides say writing trilogies and series is the best way to succeed as an indie author.  The “experts” say you build a fan base that way.  Of course, that assumes you have a character readers really want to follow and compelling storylines for a series of books.  I’ve already begun writing a sequel to my climate fiction novel, “The Shade Ring.”  I’ve dived back into the world of Neave Alvarez in 2117, when sea levels are fifteen feet higher and it’s a helluva lot hotter than it is today.  A third book is plotted as well so there will be a Shade Ring trilogy.  I’m planning for the second book to be out next summer and the third book by early 2017.  I’ve heard from a number of readers that they’re looking forward to a sequel, which is a good sign that Neave is a character people enjoy reading about.

 

I haven’t decided whether there will be sequels to my other two books – “The Time Telephone” and “VisionSight: a Novel.”  Still stewing over possible storylines.  And there are other stories I’d like to write.  So many plotlines, so little time.

 

As a reader, I tend to gravitate more to stand-alone books.  Although I admit I gobbled up every one of the Harry Potter books right along with my sons.  And when I was a kid I devoured the Little House on the Prairie books.  There are times, though, when a story stretches out too far for me, including the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  She’s an engaging writer and she’s got some great characters but I should’ve stopped with the third book.  I generally prefer to imagine how things play out beyond the last page rather than having the author spell out every twist and turn of a character’s life right into old age.  But to each her own.

 

 

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