I recently had the pleasure of meeting the charismatic Bella Andre, New York Times best-selling author of the Sullivan series. I asked if she'd answer a few questions about writing a series, and she graciously agreed. Here's what she had to say:
1. What are the pros and cons of writing a series?
I've always been a big fan of reading connected series - it's so much fun to look forward to reading the next book! So when I started self-publishing, I knew I was going to focus on writing connected books. What I've learned in the past few years is that readers LOVE them. At this point, I will only write connected series in the future - not just because it's much more lucrative, but because readers enjoy them so much.
2. What should an author know before writing a series?
Be careful about saying too much about future characters in your books. It can be easy to write yourself into a corner otherwise. And as I mentioned, start keeping that "series bible" from the beginning.
3. What have you learned from writing a series?
I've learned they are REALLY fun to create. I fall just as in love with the families I'm writing about as my readers do. They're also incredibly lucrative. Every time I put a new book out in the series, I find new readers who then go back to start the series with the first book and read everything in between.
Many thanks to Bella for sharing her hard-earned expertise. You can learn more about Bella and all her novels at www.bellaandre.com. Watch for future posts featuring writing and marketing tips from other bestselling authors in the coming weeks.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Maria Murnane is the best-selling author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.
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