The Truth about Writing a Series

I didn’t decide to write a series so much as I didn’t really think there was any other option. I honestly struggle with the idea of reading a stand alone book anymore.  If I really like a character or group of characters enough to buy one book, then I want more… and more… and more.  So when I decided to write a book, I knew it was going to be a series.  The only real question was how many books were going to be in the series?

After I finished writing the first draft of the first book, The Auctor Trilogy, I spent countless hours editing it until I felt it was near ready. Then I began writing the second book, The Wicked Cabal.  As I worked my way through the first draft of The Wicked Cabal, it became more and more apparent that there were a lot of changes that needed to be made in The Auctor Trilogy, so I went back and edited The Auctor Trilogy again.  Then I worked through another draft of The Wicked Cabal.  And then went back to The Auctor Trilogy.  And so on and so forth.  Then I began working on the third book in the series, The House of Hawthorne, and ran into the same conundrum – there were so many things that needed to be updated or corrected in The Auctor Trilogy and The Wicked Cabal in order to make The House of Hawthorne work.  Which meant that I went back again and again. The same thing happened with the fourth book, 1692 and the beginning of the fifth book.

Essentially, in order to make sure that the entire series was going to line up the way that I needed it to, I had to write many, many drafts of the first four books. This is the reason it took over 5 years before I was ready to publish the first book.

This was my process. I know there are many, many authors that write the first book in the series, publish it, and then begin work on the rest of the series.  For me, I didn’t see that as a possibility because once the first book is published, that portion is set in stone, and I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to make fundamental, necessary changes later on.

While I have only published the first book, I’m certain that there will be at least 6 books published in the series, with the possibility for more. And I have to admit, I’m incredibly excited to publish each and every one.

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