Hello readers. I attended the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend and was lucky enough to catch a panel discussion about writing a fiction series. The panel included AC Arthur, Andrew Grey, Brigid Kemmerer, Jean Murray, and Elisabeth Staab.
Check out the series they write:
Brigid Kemmerer – The Elementals
Elisabeth Staab – Chronicles of Yavn
Jean Murray – Key to the Curse
AC Arthur – Shadow Shifters, Mystix, The Donovans
Andrew Grey – Bullriders, Range, Senses, Farm, Seven Days
It was a great panel discussion with a lot of insight about writing a series, so although I usually review books here, I am going to pass on some helpful hints just in case some of you are crafting a series of your own. And please note that I was writing all this as they spoke, so I may have a few words off, but you get the gist of what was said.
On why series are appealing to readers:
“It’s hard to want to leave a world at the end of just one book.”
“As a reader being taken on a journey and at the end saying, I gotta know what happens [next].” – AC Arthur
On why series are appealing to writers:
“You don’t give up those relationships [that authors have with their characters]” – Jean Murray
Publishers are looking for series now as opposed to a single book. (General consensus among panelists)
What you need to make a series work:
“A large cast of characters” – Brigid Kemmerer
“Continuity” – Andrew Grey
“Emotional bond of characters” – Jean Murray
“Publishers like it when every book in a series reads as a stand-alone book.” -Elisabeth Staab
So check out these successful authors and good luck with your own writing. Check back in tomorrow where I’ll be posting some new and some little-known books that might be just the fresh read you are looking for.