Long series, foreshadowing and all those pesky details . . .
The subject came up, I think on facebook, about whether an Indie writer/publisher should publish each book as it was finished, or wait until the whole series was done, Then publish them on a fairly close schedule.
And I’m like . . . finished? What is this word doing in a discussion of series?
But on second thought, I guess what I have is actually a fictional Universe where stand-alones, pairs and short series happen. They lead from one to another, and impact each other, but they have discrete problems that get solved in each book or miniseries.
So probably my rather unorganized publishing habits fall into the “Write it all of the miniseries, then publish in monthly releases.” And sit back in satisfaction, only to get bitten by just one more book right after those . . .
Yeah, my method is named Chaos.
But because I’m a pantser, my fictional worlds tend to develop as I write and aren’t pre-planned. I *have* to wait until the third book is underway before I stop popping back to the first book to put in or change little details. Like what the overall boss of a bunch of government bureaus would be called, “Oh! Director of the Joint Bureaus sounds good! I’ll just go back to book one where I elided past any attempt to give such a person a title . . .”
Or, “What do you mean I’ve never mentioned holo recordings before? Damn, do I need to drop it, or drop in a casual mention of it in several places in earlier books?”
Or really mind-boggling when you’re well into book three and realize your main character is a member of a secret society! I mean, if you’ve already pubbed Book One you are just SOL.
Yes. Really. Just happened in the current batch of things I’m writing. I keep thinking these characters show up fully formed, but Lord Perfect here is getting really irritating. He’s either very good at keeping secrets, or I’m just fooling myself about the “fully formed” bit.
Which is making me a little trigger shy about releasing the first book of the Fall of the Alliance.
Maybe next week. Or after I finish book three.
But my writing method, which I would only wish on my worst enemy, isn’t everyone’s. For a lot of writers publishing a series one book a year is an ingrained habit, or a reflection of the amount of research required. And they have the rent to pay, and kids to feed and it works for them.
It’s all a matter of finding out what works for you.