Hello All, Welcome to the first official segment dedicated solely to reader questions. I’ll be responding to reader questions via video and listing a brief synopsis at the end for those of you who want a quick read.
So trying to keep things positive I decided to list all of the things I think authors should do when they decide to write a series. I also cover a tip or two for readers who find themselves in the midst of a series or on the brink of beginning one.
Laurel’s Top Things to DO When Writing/Reading a Series
1.) DO: Stick to your canon!
If you’ve created rules and principles that your fictional world is based on, don’t break them, and if you do, you better explain how it is possible.
2.) DO: Let readers know your book is part of a series
Nothing sucks more then being suckered into a long term relationship without your consent. Let readers know that the book they are enjoying is part of a series and will require additional time and investment on their end. Don’t wait for them to “figure it out”.
3.) DO: Inform readers how many books are planned when possible
It’s only good manners. Let readers know whether you plan on stretching your series out from an originally intended trilogy to and epic fifteen books.
4.) DO: Keep cover art consistent
We live in the digital age. Make it easy for readers to browse retailers and identify all the books in your series. Use a cohesive color scheme, logo or art style to help readers know the books belong to a series.
5.) DO: Decide as a reader if you want to begin a series
As a reader, if the premise intrigues you but the time and money investment makes you shudder, take a step back and pick up another book instead. If your heart isn’t in it you won’t enjoy it.
6.) DO: Contact the author and sign up for newsletters
If you took that leap and began reading a series, keep in contact with the author so that you know when the next book release is scheduled. This also gives you a chance to get advance reader copies and even excerpts from upcoming books in the series.
7.) DO: List the book order
Let readers know what order they should read your books…Just saying that would help. Best practice would be to have the order listed on your website and within every book of the series if able.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.