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I hear March is break up season…

Book, we’ve got to talk.

You’ve gotten a little to big for your britches. This can only mean one thing.

A break up.

It’s not what you think — It’s not me, it’s you.

Okay, okay…A little dramatic I know, but that’s what I’ve done — I’ve broken my book into a series. This decision has several benefits for me:

Managability.

The amount I’d written was getting overwhelming. Every time I added something new, I started to forget many of the details I’d written in other scenes months/years ago. And yes, I keep a comprehensive system of my stored research, character profiles, scene settings, you name it.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy to recall minute details from 70,000 words ago.

Breaking my novel apart allows me to improve the timeline, gives me more space to create better suspension of disbelief, allows me to develop connecting threads that won’t have meaning until later books. It’s hard to do that in one extensive manuscript — I admire all who can! However, as a first time novelist, I know my limits.

Let’s talk publishing.

The original set up made me think of numbers all the time; Editing of superfluous details, words I was agonizing over and knew I’d have to later cut out in order for my novel to be publishable… A writer is always thinking of the next step: Editing.

Every writer needs to edit, edit, and edit again, my decision to create a series doesn’t change that—I’ve already edited out as much as I’ve written.

It changes the load.

Let’s face it, publishing houses rarely consider epic novels unless you’re already established. Going the indie route, more words mean more money out of your pocket to publish your novel yourself. I haven’t decided which path to take as of now, but the more I read about self-publishing, the more I’m considering it. Creative control, more connection with my readership, my publishing house won’t decide to stop production midway through my series.

This makes shorter novels a compelling argument.

Character development.

I have a weak spot for anything character driven— movies, books, my experience at the local boutique with the eccentric owner…If interesting characters are the force behind something, I’m a fan.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the best stand alone novels have stunning character development. What I mean is that I, the author, get added opportunities to weave twists and turns, bring forth tidbits that make personalities solidify and resonate, give the reader what they want…and sometimes don’t want.

That’s sweet honey to the creative mind.

How many novels? At least 4…probably more like six… I mean seven… Maybe eight? Series here we come!