We’re powering through March; the first quarter of 2019 is almost done. For many of us, it means that the writing goals we set in January have vanished in the rear-view mirror.
It’s time to revisit them. Have you been reviewing your goals regularly?
Review your writing goals weekly, it’s essential
For many years, I was hopeless at meeting goals. I’d set a goal, and forget all about it. Then I complained that “goal setting doesn’t work.”
Finally I realized that I had to review my goals regularly. If I didn’t, I’d forget them, because life and work would get in the way.
Reviewing your goals is essential. These days, I review my writing goals every week.
I’m sure you’re wondering: what do goals have to do with SERIES writing?
In a nutshell: you need to set goals when you write in series. Otherwise, you’ll forget about your series because you’re chasing the latest bright shiny idea you had.
(Apropos of series writing, Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series has just been released; check it out.)
Series sell, in both fiction and nonfiction, but it takes persistence to write in series
It’s worth focusing on series for one simple reason: you have more chances to sell books and build a readership. When I coach authors and look at their publishing catalogues, I see a lot of standalone books.
There’s nothing wrong with writing standalone fiction and nonfiction, but writing in series is better.
You do need to set goals however, so here are some tips.
1. Set series goals: how many series will you start this year?
Series sell. Ask any author who writes fiction or nonfiction in series about his experiences. He’ll tell you that his only regret is that he hasn’t written more series books.
Authors are collaborating to write series these days, because they know that a rising tide lifts all boats: a successful series helps you to sell all your books.
Set a writing goal for the number of series you’ll start this year.
2. Keep series’ books short: aim for a book you can write in less than a month
When I suggest to my students that they write in series, they sometimes complain about the effort ONE book takes, let alone several.
Two words: write short.
3. Consider collaborating with other authors on series’ promotions
With five million books on the Kindle Store, it’s a challenge to gain and maintain visibility. More authors are collaborating in various ways.
A collaboration helps everyone. So consider limited collaborations with other authors. You might promote each others’ series in the back matter of your books, or send out mailings to your mailing lists.
When you write in series, you're giving yourself more chances to sell with every novel you write.More info →
Why write serial fiction?
Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.
It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.
If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.More info →