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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition by Writer's Digest Writer's Digest Editors

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Chapter Forty-One

The Stuff Series Are Made Of

How to Keep Readers Riveted from Book to Book

Karen S. Wiesner

“The disease of writing is dangerous and contagious,” Abelard famously said to Heloise. So, too, can a book series become a relentless obsession: It’s why readers follow series devotedly to the last, why writers write them for years on end, and why publishers contract them in spades. In our trend-driven world, series are hotter than ever.

But if writing a novel can seem overwhelming, the idea of creating a whole series of them can be exponentially more so. Whether you’ve been pondering starting a series from page 1, or you’ve finished a book and don’t want to let the characters go, there are plenty of simple things you can implement now ...

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