In lieu of a snarky intro about last night’s television (since Tuesday night TV is dead to me and I went and had Burmese food instead), I will instead provide you with this teaser:
Next week? Contest week.
Details are still being formulated by the elves I lock in the basement to concoct blog ideas (look, it’s not slave labor if they’re ELVES — just ask Santa), but there will be a contest and it will either be the greatest contest in the history of the blog or it will be the second or third greatest contest in the history of the blog. I know I’m excited. Anyway…
CONTEST NEXT WEEK!
But since it’s still this week, we have a You Tell Me:
I’ve blogged previously about the protocol for mentioning that the novel you’re querying is actually the first in a seven book series, and my advice stands: casually drop at the end that the novel could be expanded into a series but never imply that it has to be. Flexibility, my friends.
But all the same: series are hot right now. Publishers want series, booksellers want series… heck, the world wants a series (and how the Colorado freaking Rockies ended up in said series is beyond me). This does not mean you should necessarily go and write a five book series if you’re an unpublished author since your best odds are being flexible with that all-important first book, but there seems to be somewhat of a trend in favor of series at the moment.
So You Tell Me: do you like reading series? Or do you prefer to finish a book and move on to a different world? Do you like sticking with the same characters as they tackle new challenges or do you prefer to leave them and find new ones?