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I posted before that I would like to self-publish the first installment of my trilogy before the end of the year. However, I was inspired to write this post by a commenter (thank you Shah) who advised me that I ought to have the other parts of the series at least drafted out before releasing the first one. In these days of instant gratification, people don't want to hang about too long waiting for the follow-up(s).
Well, of course I hope readers will be enamoured of my story enough to be champing at the bit to read more. But surely building up a bit of healthy anticipation can also be a good thing? I was thinking of leaving perhaps a year between episodes, but is that too long? At the moment, Part One is a fairly quick read at just over 50,000 words. The others may be longer, but I'm not sure at the moment. A long gap might be preferable if they were of Game of Thrones proportions, but perhaps not in the case of shorter books.
It's also in the hands of some lovely betas at the moment - I was going to wait until I heard back from them before starting to draft Part Two, but perhaps that isn't necessary. I already implemented most of the suggestions offered at critique stage, so I'm hoping there won't be too many major changes needed which would then mean adjustments to the follow-up draft. After Shah's advice I feel ready to get on with it. I planned to start this week, but life seems to be chockablock with various other events, so Monday will be the day.
What do you think? Does it matter how long the gap is between books in a series? If you have published a series, did you have the entire thing mapped out before publishing Part One, or did you pants your way through? (I've always been a bit of both - I have plenty of ideas for the rest of the series, but I'm open to change as things progress.)
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