Chuck Wendig has a piece on his blog, Terrible Minds, called “Series vs Standalone: Cage Match,” which shows that Wendig is great at blog headlines and marketing.
But his riff on a BlueSky conversation between a lot of writer elite. And it’s why he’s writing standalones mostly from now on instead of a series.
Quickly, his reasons are:
- “Writing a series is depressing.
- Publishers tend to give all the support only to that first book.
- Standalones have new hope for ancillary rights
- Standalones have a new shot at discoverability.
- If that first book really doesn’t work, you’re committed to the series anyway.
- Paper prices are becoming a problem.
- People tend to be readers of a series and not as much readers of an author.”
That’s a lot, right? But it made me think about the state of publishing and the state of living. Do we want to be a group of series or standalones? Do we want our life to be part of a bigger connective something or inclusive in itself.
WRITING TIP OF THE POD
Stand alone or series is really about the story and your own personal goals as a writer. Don’t let others pigeonhole you into b.s.
DOG TIP FOR LIFE
Connections can be okay. – Pogie the Pup
LINKS WE TALK ABOUT
The ones above and also . . .
The music we’ve clipped and shortened in this podcast is awesome and is made available through the Creative Commons License.
Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song? It’s “Summer Spliff” by Broke For Free.
AND we have a writing tips podcast called WRITE BETTER NOW! It’s taking a bit of a hiatus, but there are a ton of tips over there.
We have a podcast, LOVING THE STRANGE, which we stream biweekly live on Carrie’s Facebook and Twitter and YouTube on Fridays. Her Facebook and Twitter handles are all carriejonesbooks or carriejonesbook. But she also has extra cool content focused on writing tips here.
Carrie is reading one of her raw poems every once in awhile on CARRIE DOES POEMS. And there you go! Whew! That’s a lot!