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Was talking with a fellow writer who wrote a novel that hasn’t been picked up by anyone. After a bit she decided to self-publish. Since then she’s been busy working on books two and three in the series. . .still hoping someone would pick up book one.

Is she wasting her time on the same series or doing the smart thing working on a series?

I think back to Dean Koontz who would write a different novel every time. From what I remember, it wasn’t till later in his career when he started writing recurring characters and/or setting (Odd Thomas Book 6 comes out in a couple of months!)

On the flip side, authors like J.R. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) have series that are over thirty(30) books, which consist of the same setting  and/or characters.

Yes, it’s unfair to compare the fledgling author with these greats, but my own experience in this short time is as follows. . .

1. Self-published first short story compilation, Sci-Fi: Secrets. We saw some sales.

2. Self-published second short story compilation, Sci-Fi: Lost. We’ve seen the same number of sales in half the time!

Did we see more sales because it’s like we are writing a series? The fact we have more out there under our names is generating more interest and thus more sales?

Or is it, that we learned to leverage the search engines better, allowing readers to more easily find our second compilation?

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of the bestselling authors that have been successful with both series and/or individual novels. Maybe the morale of this story is:

Instead of trying to force that one story series you’re grown emotionally attached to that nobody but you wants to publish, maybe its time to start writing something new.