Random Ramblings: Serials

Dear Readers,

Every week or so in my street team, I post Random Ramblings from Lisa Suzanne, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my ramblings with you here on my blog. I plan to post once each week, probably on Mondays, and I'll write about a variety of topics. If you have suggestions, comments, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! 

This first week, I'm going to write about a topic that came to light last night when I posted something to my author page. For those of you reading this who are aspiring authors, let me just start by saying that I have learned a lot over the past eighteen months, and there are some hard and fast rules. Before I tell you the first one, let me set the scene for you.

I'm working on my next story, and at the moment I'm planning to release it as a serial. I don't have my release date set yet, but as a side note, I plan to have all of the serials written, edited, and ready for publication before publishing the first one. It will likely be a total of five books that will run somewhere between 100,000-150,000 words.

So last night I posted a question on my author Facebook page: What are your thoughts on serials?

For the record, serials are those shorter installments of stories, sort of like episodes. Each book typically runs between 25,000-50,000 words, although that's not an exact science. Novels run a variety of lengths, typically over 60,000 words to 100,000+ words. My friend Jennifer Stevens tells me that novels officially run from 40,000-150,000 words. And she's pretty smart.

Aside from the fact that Facebook showed my post to a total of 58 people, the first two responses fascinated me. One person loves serials, and the other hates them. So, as an author, what's the answer? Do I go ahead with my plan to publish a serial, thus alienating 50% of the two people who responded to my question? Or do I reorganize my ideas and restructure my books to fit them into two companion novels or possibly a trilogy to please my serial-hater?

My ultimate answer (and the hard and fast rule that I mentioned earlier) is this: You can't please everybody.

Here are a few examples of what I mean:
✔ One review says one of my books has too much sex! The next review says there's not enough sex! Both readers read the same book.
✔ One person loves my cover. The next person finds it unappealing. Both readers are looking at the same cover.
✔ One person loves serials! One person hates serials! Both readers have enjoyed my books in the past. 

It's a tough call, but ultimately when I write, I have to write what makes me happy. I have to write something that I believe in, something that I love, something that I care about. If I write my stories from an honest place, I can only hope that you will read them and love them as much as I do as I create them. Changing a serial to a series is a possibility, but it would require changing the story. And the story these characters are begging to tell is ultimately a serial.

And speaking of serials, I have several that I HIGHLY recommend you get your hands on ASAP. The links are below - make sure to let me know what you think once you read them! Click the cover to learn more.
  Book 3 coming soon!


I'll end by saying thank you for reading. If you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions for future topics for my Random Ramblings, I'm always here to listen!



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