Saturday, 16 April 2011

Book series

Tips for authors planning to write a book series:
  1. Make sure the story is big enough for multiple books
  2. Don't assume that to read as a stand alone book you need to repeat all the main points of all the previous books
  3. The third book should not double in size - 400 pages is plenty - bigger is difficult to carry around
I have just finished the last book in the series by Jean Auel - I was compelled to read the whole series despite the fact the books got thicker and thicker and more and more repetitive. I wanted to get to the end of the story. Now I've got there the journey could have been shorter.

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