Sequels, Spin-offs, and Other Such Disasters (part 1)

I thought this was great for those of us writing a series or trilogies. Thanks, KelliKillion for an awesome post. Check out her blog!

It’s no secret that the Indie book scene is rife with sequels these days.  In the indie romance world, in particular, it seems like every author feels the need to write the same story from a different point of view, continue the story, or write a spin-off that focuses on another character from the original.  Now, I’m certainly not saying there’s anything wrong with it, but I’ve read far too many sequels/spin-offs that have completely flopped.  So, dear authors, over the next few days, I present you with a What Not to Do, of sorts.  Ready?

1. Do not continue the plot line unless you’ve set us up for it.

Let’s take a look at some famous series for a moment. Probably the most famous is Harry Potter.  JKR, while not the best writer around, certainly does weave a nice plot line.  Each of the individual novels has…

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