(If this sounds familiar, you’re not experiencing deja vu. I did an article some time ago about Standalones vs Series. This is a different take on that theme.)
Like many other writers out there, I have an idea folder that is positively busting at the seams. I have every intention of taking every idea and turning it into a published book, but I’ve noticed a trend that points toward doing a series instead of standalone stories.
Truth be told, I’m a little afraid of committing myself to a series, but to be fair I want to evaluate the Pros and Cons before I make a final decision one way or the other. That being said, let’s break down the particulars:
1. One group of characters that will grow in time
2. A consistent story world that doesn’t need to be explained in every book.
3. The ability to show potential publishers that I have what it takes to create a quality and sustainable series.
4. Less time and resources needed to create a new story world and characters.
5. My current idea collections can be converted to serve as future storylines.
1. Being locked into one specific genre and story world rules.
2. Potentially spreading myself thin working on one thing.
3. Getting pigeon-holed as “that” author.
4. Fearing that my reach may be exceeding my grasp. (Hey, it can happen, even to someone like me…hehe.)
Truth be told, I like to spread my creative wings and tackle a wide range of subjects and genres, but I also like the idea of digging deep into one particular subject and riding it as far as it will take me. I suppose the only true test is to jump in and have at it. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before.