The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series OnDemand Webinar

The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series OnDemand Webinar

  • $79.00


You'll Love This OnDemand Webinar If:

  • You are contemplating writing a series
  • You are an aspiring writer who is interested in genre fiction
  • You have read serial novels and are interested in the process
  • You are a published writer and considering moving from writing stand-alone to series

Across bookstores and the Web, book series have been immensely popular - across all genres. If you're wondering what makes a series of books so popular with both publishers and readers or desire to write a series of your own, listen to The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series.

Guest speaker and author Lauren Willig discusses what it is that makes series so attractive to both publishing houses and fans. Going element by element, she dissects what goes into different types of series, examining the various ways in which stories are linked together, with particular attention to the way series type differs by genre. She also discusses what you need to know to write an open-ended versus a close-ended series, and the pros and cons of each approach.

Among the different types of series she discusses are: family or friend-linked, thematically linked, geographically linked, single protagonist, changing story, or single protagonist, ongoing story. When you listen to this 92-minute online instructional video, you'll learn the definitions, pros and cons of each series type, and examples of popular book series from today's markets.

Once you’ve chosen the type of series you want to write, it’s time to get into world-building and character development. Willig talks about ways in which you can turn your world into a place your readers want to return to again and again, whether it’s an Alabama police station or a Regency ballroom. What is it that draws people in and keeps them there? Learn how to make your characters your readers’ ongoing companions. Plus, she discusses character development for the long haul, creating characters who can grow and develop over time, and the art of managing a complex cast of ongoing characters and side characters.

Learn how to end your series and create a world that will keep readers—and publishers—coming back time and again! Download The Ins and Outs of Writing a Series now and start (or finish) your book series today!

Preview this video and listen to guest speaker Lauren Willig talk about writing a series.

In This OnDemand Webinar You'll Learn:

  • How to conceptualize and market a series
  • How series type relates to genre
  • Character and world-building in the multi-book universe
  • Juggling individual story arcs versus the series story arc.
  • Knowing when to end your series.

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About Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig’s bestselling Pink Carnation series appears regularly on the ALA’s best genre fiction lists. Since her first book, “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation,” came out in 2005, her Pink Carnation novels have won the RITA, Booksellers’ Best and Golden Leaf awards, and nominated for a Quill Award and five separate Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Lauren speaks regularly to writers’ groups and has given workshops at both the Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America conferences. She has taught classes in Harvard’s History and Literature department and Yale’s College Seminar program. A graduate of Yale University, Lauren has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. A former academic and a lapsed lawyer, she now writes full time.

A Tip From This OnDemand Webinar:

Book series have been immensely popular. Here's a few reason why readers like series:
  • The pleasure of familiarity, a return to a familiar world
  • A feeling of being in the know
  • Readers know what they're getting
What publishers like about a series is:
  • A built-in audience for subsequent books
  • Enhanced branding opportunities
  • Author and series recognition

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