IWSG: Branching Out

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Series are tough.
Among the covers at the top of this page, you'll see the five covers for the current Flynn Monroe books. They're stories I love writing, stories I love talking to others about, and that have been selling consistently. And I went into this business with a hope for consistency, not crazy numbers. What I'm saying is: I have nothing to complain about.
But still, series are tough.

The number of sales for each book slowly goes down, and I start to wonder.... am I (and this small handful of people) the only one who cares about the story anymore? Would I serve my readers better by stepping back from this series for a moment and giving them other stories for a while. Because I write for myself, but I also write for them.

I had to think about that last month and in the end I came to the conclusion that for the moment, scaling back on the series was probably a better plan. I'm still writing the fourth novel, I've got the fifth one done (have I mentioned I write out of order) but for the moment, I'm going to focus on the breadth of my bibliography. Once I get some more options out there, then I'll go back to focusing on the depth (the rest of the Flynn books and the other long series I have planned).

February is about branching out, about preparing to widen my net to hopefully keep myself happy while giving readers a reason to be happy as well.

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