Tag Archives: series

Questions 656: Writing Book One

Jason asks: How is writing a book with an intended sequel different from writing a stand-alone novel?

Resources Mentioned
The Xanth Series, 1-3 Omnibus by Piers Anthony
The Night Shift by Nora Roberts
The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade
Doc Savage and The Thousand-Headed Man
Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler
The Clarke Lantham Mysteries by J. Daniel Sawyer
Pale Rider
Superman (1979)

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Questions 654: Interconnected Universes

Jeanne asks: How to authors do those sprawling, interconnected universes with characters moving between stories? And why?

Resources Mentioned:
Newford series by Charles deLint
The Past Through Tomorrow by Heinlein
Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
Metamor City by Chris Lester
Never, Never Will Shetterley
Life on the Border, edited by Terri Windling
Stephen King connections infographic
The Complete HP Lovecraft
It: A Novel by Stephen King
24 Hours by Greg Iles
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
Babylon 5
Heinlein’s World as Myth series
The Number of the Beast
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
To Sail Beyond The Sunset
The Nitpicker’s Guide to Star Trek
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
Space Seed
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (the Dunk and Egg novellas) by George RR Martin

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Questions 623: How to Ghostwrite Yourself

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Ian asks: “How do you ghostwrite your own, earlier works, in order to maintain a consistent series voice?”
Resources Mentioned
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
Suave Rob’s Rough-n-Ready Rugrat Rapture by J. Daniel Sawyer
Jimmy Carr Does Accents on Youtube

Questions 323: The Ever Expanding Series

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Simon asks: “I’d like to tell new stories in the same universe that I’ve just completed a five book series. Should I expand the first series or write a new, related series?”

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Resources Mentioned:
The Xanth Novels series by Piers Anthony
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Bosch series by Micheal Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E Howard
John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Hadrian’s Flight
Suave Rob
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett


Questions 206: Series vs. Standalones and Discovery Writing

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JR asks:
“How long do you expect the trend for people preferring series over standalones to continue?”

Also, Terry Mixon joins us to speak (briefly) about discovery writing. Check out his book Empire of Bones.

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Questions 201: Series vs. Episodic vs. Standalone

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Caine asks:
“What’s the difference–in packaging and content–between series and standalone or episodic books, and which is more advantageous to write?”

Books and films discussed:
The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
Incarnations of Immortality Series by Piers Anthony
Bio of a Space Tyrant Series by Piers Anthony
Black Mirror