Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for Sequel

So many books nowadays are part of a series it seems. Makes it hard when trying to read many different authors because that means I've read book 1 of several series but haven't gotten to reading the rest yet. I also am writing series, though I have a few stand-alones (wow, many S words, lol).

But when does one start writing a sequel?

I have heard many people say not to write the sequel until the first book has been purchased by a publisher because they might request big changes that would affect what goes in the second book. Which makes sense. But so many writers don't follow that. I know many who write a few books before they even have the first one ready to be submitted.

So far, I have written book one in a few different series, but I have yet to start a book two.

What do you think?
Write only one book at a time?
Or write part of the series whenever?


Angeline Trevena said...

I think do whatever feels right for you. That advice does make sense, but it could be years before the book is bought, so if you want to write the sequel, while the characters are still there in your head, go for it!

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

As a reader of series I find it annoying the number of books that don't state clearly on the cover whether it's Book One, Two...I have to sift through the inner cover etc and sometimes it's still not clear.

I've heard that if your novel is accepted you're usually offered a 3-book deal and you're expected to have at least your next novel partically written.


Dawn Embers said...

Angeline - Thanks for the response. It's interesting to see what others think about certain topics.

Denise - Oh, I totally agree. I have bought books before only to find out they are book 2 in a series. Very frustrating.

Lynn said...

I have a friend who is a very successful crime fiction novel writer. I met her when she was working for a sign company. She had written a number of rejected pieces - mostly historical fiction. She finally got the advice to write what she knows, so she wrote a book set in our state and since she loves crime fiction herself, she wrote that. And she got a three book deal with a publisher. So she set about writing the second one after that. Makes sense, I think.

Dawn Embers said...

Lynn - That is very interesting. I'm not big on the write what you know but it works great for some. It's interesting how the different paths work for some writers and not others.