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Writing the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas

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The definitive guide to crafting a series!
From the Hunger Games Trilogy to the Jack Reacher Series, from Harry Potter to Harry Dresden, there's no denying that writers--and readers--have caught series fever. But if you're contemplating writing a series, there are plenty of considerations you'll need to make first. Writing the Fiction Series is the complete guide to ensurin
Paperback, First Edition, 345 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Writer's Digest Books (first published May 1st 2013)
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Marcy Weydemuller
Jun 07, 2013 Marcy Weydemuller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: novelists
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Writing the Fiction Series: The Guide for Novels and Novellas by Karen S. Wiesner

Not only does this book fill in a long overdue gap in craft skills for novel writers, but it also delivers. Although I knew a preview copy was enroute, I couldn’t wait so purchased the kindle copy to get started. And I stayed up very late my first night reading. This does not happen very often with craft books. In fact only a few of the writing books I read make it to my column.

Wiesner is also the author of First D
Jun 19, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
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The title, "Writing a Fiction Series," speaks for itself. Karen Wiesner has produced a tremendous manual on how to achieve the fiction series you are longing to write. It doesn't matter if the series is short or long, Wiesner provides the nuts-and-bolts of all things writing over an extended number of volumes.

All the basic concepts are covered from vocabulary to plot development. There are a number of terms you may be unaware of while developing your series; this book will provide the terminolo
Jeff Stanger
Jan 27, 2016 Jeff Stanger rated it really liked it
If you're considering writing a series, this is where you must start. Included are lots of extras that you will go to again and again to keep things straight. It doesn't just contain advice on writing the series but additional how to sell it to a publisher and/or market your series.
Jan 26, 2016 S.M. rated it it was ok
1.5 stars, because I did not enjoy this read at all and got *very* little out of it, but I believe others can get more than I did.

"Writing the Fiction Series" is (unintentionally, I believe) heavily weighted toward commercial romance series. Wiesner thoroughly discusses combining genres--for example, fantasy with humor, romance with suspense, historical fiction with time travel or other sci-fi aspects, etc.--but the vast majority of her advice would not necessarily hold in, say, the SF/F/Horror
Kimberly Sabatini
Sep 14, 2016 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing
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I've been searching high and low for a book on this topic. This was fabulous and so helpful. Highly recommend it.
Feb 03, 2015 Christian rated it did not like it
I did not care for this at all. I'd just read a really excellent "how to for writers" book, so it's difficult to judge this one in a vacuum. But this one... I was prejudiced against it by the lackluster introduction. No, chapter two does not "hone in" on anything. Maybe that was a typo that eluded all rounds of proofing, but it made me mistrust this writer. The intro also explained that chapter three delves into [X] topic, chapter four lays out, ch. five lays out, ch. six delves... really? There ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It has so much useful info about the writing process but more specifically, for writing a series (which is virtually all I do). I've never found another book on writing that catered specifically to series or one that was so insightful (no matter the story length). The only issue I had (and I'm not sure if I'd even call it an issue really...) with this book was the author was a bit....self-promoting? With several of the examples, she used her own work as a reference. I ...more
Sarah Brubaker
Sep 01, 2016 Sarah Brubaker rated it liked it
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This book was very helpful in changing the way I think about planning a series; it's exactly the resource I needed for looking at the big picture beyond the individual novel. In particular, the appendices with worksheets and examples were very useful, and I will continue to use them as resources in the future.
Wiesner clearly comes from a viewpoint of experience, having written many series. This is good, because I can accept her authority on the subject. Although her ability to give first-hand e
Suzanna Linton
Aug 01, 2014 Suzanna Linton rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book had some very useful information. However, between her extreme enthusiasm for Harry Potter and her tendency to beat a point into the ground, I was more than happy to be finished with it. Also, don't let the thickness fool you. Over half of the book are series spliced down into examples.
Jun 30, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent resource if you're going to be writing any kind of fictional series. The worksheets at the back will really help you get your series organized and keep track of all your different character arcs, etc.
Justin Tyme
Apr 04, 2015 Justin Tyme rated it liked it
This book is intended as a resource for authors developing a series. Although much of it maybe common sense and overloaded with examples, an author could use this as a checklist for series development. It also includes worksheets that an author could tweak for his or her own style.
Timothy Pecoraro
May 30, 2014 Timothy Pecoraro rated it liked it
There were some good pearls in here. But the author wastes a lot of time on examples. If I didnt understand the concept to begin with five examples prob wont help much. Maybe try just one.
Shannon Eichorn
Apr 23, 2016 Shannon Eichorn rated it it was ok
While this book has some helpful tips and reminders, it's entirely too wordy and doesn't offer much insight for its length.
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Great advice - good examples…
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Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 117 titles published in the past 18 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, and has 39 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, fant
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