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Struggling to structure your book series? Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you. Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Pe Struggling to structure your book series? Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you. Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Perhaps you have a series languishing in your backlist, and you need ideas on how to market it.  Get the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your series with How to Write a Series.  You’ll learn:  The three basic types of series The benefits and drawbacks of writing each type of series Tips for extending your series beyond your original plan Ideas for creating spinoffs and expanding your literary universe How to know when it’s time to end a series How to save time writing your series and how to keep track of details How to deal with the problems that result from being locked into a story world  How to refresh your interest in a series if you’ve grown bored Creative ways to market your series I’ve been writing for fifteen years as both a hybrid and independent author. I’ve published over twenty-five fiction books in four different series. Everything I’ve learned about writing a series has been through trial and error. I hope my lessons-learned will give you a shortcut when it comes to writing your series plus tips for troubleshooting problems and ideas for promoting your series. Unlock the power of a series in your author career with How To Write a Series. 


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Struggling to structure your book series? Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you. Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Pe Struggling to structure your book series? Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you. Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Perhaps you have a series languishing in your backlist, and you need ideas on how to market it.  Get the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your series with How to Write a Series.  You’ll learn:  The three basic types of series The benefits and drawbacks of writing each type of series Tips for extending your series beyond your original plan Ideas for creating spinoffs and expanding your literary universe How to know when it’s time to end a series How to save time writing your series and how to keep track of details How to deal with the problems that result from being locked into a story world  How to refresh your interest in a series if you’ve grown bored Creative ways to market your series I’ve been writing for fifteen years as both a hybrid and independent author. I’ve published over twenty-five fiction books in four different series. Everything I’ve learned about writing a series has been through trial and error. I hope my lessons-learned will give you a shortcut when it comes to writing your series plus tips for troubleshooting problems and ideas for promoting your series. Unlock the power of a series in your author career with How To Write a Series. 

30 review for How to Write A Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips and Marketing Tactics (Genre Fiction How To)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Armand Rosamilia

    A lot of great information is packed into less than 150 pages. While most of it is common sense, it gives it to you in a great, concise way that makes it easy to answer some of the tough questions about your potential series before you write the first word. I'll be using this as a refresher course with each new series I write now. A lot of great information is packed into less than 150 pages. While most of it is common sense, it gives it to you in a great, concise way that makes it easy to answer some of the tough questions about your potential series before you write the first word. I'll be using this as a refresher course with each new series I write now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jared Gulian

    This was a quick, light, but useful summary of issues that come up when writing a series. It's the kind of book where you might not explicitly learn a lot of new and groundbreaking information, but that doesn't matter because it's extremely useful to see how someone else organizes their thoughts around the concepts. It helps you to organise and solidify those concepts in your own head. Along the way you do pick up a few tidbits. That's what this book did for me, so I'd definitely recommend it. Th This was a quick, light, but useful summary of issues that come up when writing a series. It's the kind of book where you might not explicitly learn a lot of new and groundbreaking information, but that doesn't matter because it's extremely useful to see how someone else organizes their thoughts around the concepts. It helps you to organise and solidify those concepts in your own head. Along the way you do pick up a few tidbits. That's what this book did for me, so I'd definitely recommend it. The most useful information for me was the organisation of all series into 2 buckets: multi-protagonist or single protagonist, and then organising the single protagonist series into either 'Flat Arc Protagonist' or 'Robust Arc Protagonist'. (Let's just set aside the contradictory nature of the term 'flat arc' because it's nevertheless a very useful term.) A 'flat arc protagonist' is one who doesn't change from book to book, such as Hercule Poirot, Jack Reacher, or even Katniss Everdeen. Instead of going through change, they are 'the catalyst for change in the story world'. Pros for this type of series: it can be long-running, and it works well for episodic books like mysteries. Cons: can feel static, and secondary characters (who are doing the changing) can outshine your protagonist. The 'robust arc protagonist' is a protagonist who goes through tremendous change, and in a series that change usually occurs across the multiple books of the series. Harry Potter, for example, changes incrementally--from being unsure of himself, alone, and unaware of his power, to being confident, having friends, and (spoiler alert) facing off against his mortal enemy. Pros: strong bond between reader and protagonist, and readers look forward to next book. Cons: has a built-in end point (when the protagonist completes the arc the series is 'over'), and so it can be hard to extend this type of series if you want to keep it going. Rosett also goes into use of the antagonist and setting in each type of series, things to think about before you start, how to get out of corners into which you may have painted yourself, etc. It's a useful little book if you're writing a series, or even if you just really enjoy reading them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Great practical introduction to writing a series! I’m a new writer embarking on a series based on my first novel, and I had no idea of how to start thinking about future books. This book gave me some great starting points and practical advice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I liked the sound of this book and was curious to learn more about series. I thought this book gave a nice overview of the different types of series and plenty of ideas of how to connect books in a series, which possible plot lines to carry throughout the books and even how to connect multiple series. There also is a bit about how to market series. For me this book wasn't fully what I was looking for. It felt more like an analysis of different types of series and themes in series than a how to bo I liked the sound of this book and was curious to learn more about series. I thought this book gave a nice overview of the different types of series and plenty of ideas of how to connect books in a series, which possible plot lines to carry throughout the books and even how to connect multiple series. There also is a bit about how to market series. For me this book wasn't fully what I was looking for. It felt more like an analysis of different types of series and themes in series than a how to book. If I was a writer I am not sure if I would have a better idea of how to plot and write a series. Most of this information can be gained by simply reading a lot of books, although if you don't want to do that this book definitely is a good starting point. I didn't learn as many new things as I would've liked and besides the marketing aspect I never really read or learned anything about series so I had expected to get more out of this book. But most of the information she listed her I simply already was aware of by reading series in many different genres. The marketing section had some good ideas, but not anything new to me and I had hoped for some more unusual ways to market a series. Most of her advice related to pricing and sell through and that's pretty basic information in my opinion. I liked that the author include examples of what she was addressing, but I personally would've preferred more concrete examples. As the author tries to avoid spoilers, I found the examples too vague to really understand the point she was making. And in a non-fiction book I prefer some spoilers over not getting the point. I liked the piece about the flat character arc as that finally made me realize why some genres like cozy mysteries don't fit that tradition heroes journey type of model in which the main characters changes a lot. And I think for authors who want to write that genre it is helpful to understand why some of the usual advice about craft and characters might not apply in the same way to cozies. I liked the questions at the end of chapters. I always think this is a nice way to recap a chapter in non-fiction books. To summarize: This book gives a nice overview of different types of series and explains multiple things about series. For me book wasn't as helpful as I would've liked. I didn't get as much new information out of it as I had hoped and I thought it read more as a analysis of series than a how to book. I would've liked more in depth examples as they were a bit too vague now in my opinion. I liked the part about flat characters arcs as that answered something I was wondering about how some books don't fit the more typical character arc and this book explained why. The questions at the end of the chapter were a nice way to recap the chapters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quartknee

    A bit too focused on Romance genres and not enough examples for other genres and categories

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judy Speer

    Thank you! This was exactly what I needed. I felt like someone trying to put together a puzzle without the picture. This guide is wonderful. It shows you how to develop a plan for your series; points out troublesome areas and shows how to avoid or resolve them; and, poses questions which are so helpful. I would highly recommend this guide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Good basic tips, but not much for the advanced author who's already written a bunch of series. A few of the brainstorming questions, though, might end up being helpful. Good basic tips, but not much for the advanced author who's already written a bunch of series. A few of the brainstorming questions, though, might end up being helpful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    A brief/quick book that has quicker tips on making a series. I found some of the advice to be new and helpful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cora Foerstner

    Useful information I struggled deciding on a rating. The book has useful information and some good questions to help a writer think about a new or current series. If you are a new writer or new to planning a series, you’ll find the strategies helpful, but general. The book is short, and I was expecting more details, which is why I finally decided on three stars. Most of the information is basic, which might be the better option for some. I’m currently working on a series outline and will use her Useful information I struggled deciding on a rating. The book has useful information and some good questions to help a writer think about a new or current series. If you are a new writer or new to planning a series, you’ll find the strategies helpful, but general. The book is short, and I was expecting more details, which is why I finally decided on three stars. Most of the information is basic, which might be the better option for some. I’m currently working on a series outline and will use her questions. So, if during the process I change my evaluation, I’ll update this review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Walch

    I’m not new to the craft of writing. I have 40+ years experience as a technical writer, ghosting textbooks and manuals for clients in the electrical and electronics industries. I’m new to the craft of fiction writing. Outside of having published a handful of short stories under several pen names, I’m an unpublished fictioneer. Until recently, I had no interest in writing novels. Over the years, people have told me repeatedly that I need to write novels based on my life and on the lives of those I’m not new to the craft of writing. I have 40+ years experience as a technical writer, ghosting textbooks and manuals for clients in the electrical and electronics industries. I’m new to the craft of fiction writing. Outside of having published a handful of short stories under several pen names, I’m an unpublished fictioneer. Until recently, I had no interest in writing novels. Over the years, people have told me repeatedly that I need to write novels based on my life and on the lives of those around me. Well, at the tender age of 77, I have retired from writing, so I gave writing a series of novels a whorl. The problem was I did not know how to begin. That’s when I discovered How To Write A Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips and Marketing as an e-book on Amazon.  Sara Rosett took me by the hand and led me through the whole process in How To Write A Series. I won’t say that reading How To Write A Series will turn me or anyone else in to an author of a best-selling series. What I will say is that reading How To Write A Series and doing the exercise that Sara includes with the text will give everyone a solid overview of how to write a series and give everyone a solid foundation to build upon.  If you are serious about writing a fiction series, then you need to have this book in your craft library.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rogue Blackwood

    5🔥🔥 It astonishes me that with all the craft books out there few cover writing in a series. But many recommend you do. This is clear and to the point with strong questions. It goes over types of series and things to think about. And she talks about her own series and the choices she made for them. This was insanely helpful and I will be going back to look at highlights for quite a while! If you are looking for systems to track series and promote this book paired with strategic series author will be 5🔥🔥 It astonishes me that with all the craft books out there few cover writing in a series. But many recommend you do. This is clear and to the point with strong questions. It goes over types of series and things to think about. And she talks about her own series and the choices she made for them. This was insanely helpful and I will be going back to look at highlights for quite a while! If you are looking for systems to track series and promote this book paired with strategic series author will be perfect for you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Aside from my accidental trilogy, I've always fancied myself as a single-title author. Those were the ideas that were lining up for a landing. Until, the nugget of an idea for a series popped up on my radar. With no clue how to land that plane, I found this awesome little book to help me with the "I don't know what I don't know." Really great insight. I'm going to have to pick up the corresponding workbook for when it's time to plan this series idea. Aside from my accidental trilogy, I've always fancied myself as a single-title author. Those were the ideas that were lining up for a landing. Until, the nugget of an idea for a series popped up on my radar. With no clue how to land that plane, I found this awesome little book to help me with the "I don't know what I don't know." Really great insight. I'm going to have to pick up the corresponding workbook for when it's time to plan this series idea.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen Christopherson

    This book taught me oh so very much about what I didn't know about writing a series. And I was wondering why I was having trouble figuring out how to write a series. Well, this book not on the explained it, but showed me how to fix it. There are even questions for you to answer before beginning the journey of writing a series. From idea to marketing it's all covered here. This book taught me oh so very much about what I didn't know about writing a series. And I was wondering why I was having trouble figuring out how to write a series. Well, this book not on the explained it, but showed me how to fix it. There are even questions for you to answer before beginning the journey of writing a series. From idea to marketing it's all covered here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katje van Loon

    Short, to the point -- doesn't get bogged down in the details but teaches with plenty of examples and uses questions to spark ideas and learning. If you feel you know how to write a book pretty well (details like plot, character arc, etc) but struggle with various aspects of creating a series this book will likely be helpful for you. Short, to the point -- doesn't get bogged down in the details but teaches with plenty of examples and uses questions to spark ideas and learning. If you feel you know how to write a book pretty well (details like plot, character arc, etc) but struggle with various aspects of creating a series this book will likely be helpful for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Rogerson

    Very helpful how to book I've written a trilogy but wasn't sure how to tackle a series. This book has given me lots of inspiration and I can't wait to get started. I would recommend to writers at any stage in their journey, no matter how experienced you can always learn something new. Very helpful how to book I've written a trilogy but wasn't sure how to tackle a series. This book has given me lots of inspiration and I can't wait to get started. I would recommend to writers at any stage in their journey, no matter how experienced you can always learn something new.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Heenan

    Helpful resource I wrote my first book not knowing it would turn into a series. Now that I'm 3 books in, I checked this out for helpful hints on how to manage the beast that I've constructed. It was good but I think would be far more useful for a beginning writer or someone planning to begin a series. Helpful resource I wrote my first book not knowing it would turn into a series. Now that I'm 3 books in, I checked this out for helpful hints on how to manage the beast that I've constructed. It was good but I think would be far more useful for a beginning writer or someone planning to begin a series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    H. Brown

    Just What I Was Hoping It Would Be I was hoping for a clean, lean read that would walk me through the pros and cons, as well as the pitfalls and opportunities in writing a series. ✅✅✅✅

  18. 5 out of 5

    LaMonique Mac

    Another excellent book by Sara Rosette. I’ve highlighted so much pertinent information in this book. Thank you Sara for sharing your years of experience writing series to new writers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Jacque

    Good overview This is a good overview of how to write a series. It answers pertinent questions and provides a list of guided questions to help an author make their series decisions. I recommend this book if you are trying to make up your mind on what kind of series to write.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    I enjoyed this short series guide. I was slightly disappointed that the author made no mention of multi-author series. I've written for three multi-author series and would've enjoyed reading her take on them. Personally, I intend to abandon them and stick to my own series from now on. The information in this book was solid, and I've found it to be true. I enjoyed this short series guide. I was slightly disappointed that the author made no mention of multi-author series. I've written for three multi-author series and would've enjoyed reading her take on them. Personally, I intend to abandon them and stick to my own series from now on. The information in this book was solid, and I've found it to be true.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annie Lima

    A helpful book with lots of good ideas. I highlighted quite a few things to refer back to as I start working on my new series. I was disappointed that the book had not been thoroughly edited, but it's still worth getting for an author planning to write a series. A helpful book with lots of good ideas. I highlighted quite a few things to refer back to as I start working on my new series. I was disappointed that the book had not been thoroughly edited, but it's still worth getting for an author planning to write a series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Brinkerhoff

    Helpful and motivating This was a quick read but packed with quite a bit of information. Some of it was not necessarily new information, but was helpful to be reminded of. I like seeing the process that other writers go through, and it was helpful to see what works for Rosett.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Johansson

    A quick, helpful guide to writing a series, this is a good reference book for new writers. It includes questions to assist with planning, as well as marketing tips and how to extend a series. This book will leave you eager to start writing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    William Marshall

    This is the only book that tells you how to write a series of novels. There are lots of different types and scenarios discussed but it is a short book and I would have like to have seen more examples on how to do it right and how it could be done wrong.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Brandon Brandon

    On Point I was pleased to gain new ideas to expand a trilogy series by using supporting characters in a new adventure in the same world. I need to plan series based on series expectations in my genre.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cornish

    Lots of helpful information for writing a series! I never knew there were so many ways to link series, or so many things to think about when writing a series. Great information!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zachery Miller

    Informative I hoped there was more teaching of outlining a series structure. But the book is helpful at clarifying series guidelines

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Scarborough

    Ah-ha There were several a-ha moments as I was reading through this book. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to demystify the mechanics of writing a series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shyla Colt

    A fairly informative book on writing a series. It'd perfect for new authors to help plot and plan to make creating a series and bringing it to life easier. A fairly informative book on writing a series. It'd perfect for new authors to help plot and plan to make creating a series and bringing it to life easier.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pete Aldin

    Excellent for those starting out. I wish I’d read it three years ago. A few interesting tips for established authors.

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