I have never written a series before, never wanted to. But now, suddenly, I find myself in the midst of a sequel to Branded.
I loved that setting, and those characters and hated to say goodbye. Anyone who knows me knows that I see a scene which often leads to my next book. In this case, the scene I've seen isn't the opening of the new ms (God, I've got to get this book titled).
Writing a series has some unique challenges.
1. How much of the "old" characters do you show?
2. How much do you change them?
3. Who is the new protagonist?
4. How much of the old story do you retell, as in backstory?
5. How much do you change the tone?
A lot of questions I've never dealt with before and some I'm finding challenging.
One thing that's tricky is the tone. Branded had a very specific tone, this new one is way different. Is that a bad thing? Or is it good?
A lot to figure out here.
One more I just thought of. Is there any point in an unpublished writer doing a series...what if the first one doesn't sell? Will the second, even if it's a stand-alone.
Thanks for any help.