Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

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So as the title says, I'm writing a series. (Two series, actually, one four books long, one nine.) If I were releasing them as ebooks, I would obviously break them up into individual books to sell. But this is a website serial platform, and just poking around the forums I get the sense that people like really long stories here.

So my question is, am I better off just leaving each series as one long "book?" Rather than give different (shorter) entries for each one?

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

#2
I think it depends on how closely tied together your stories are. If one book comes right after the other with similar themes and characters, you could get away with putting each book under one fiction. A series I started reading recently -- Aeonica -- does this, and it's very successful.

But if each book isn't exactly a "direct" sequel to the others, and you have different plots and storylines in each book (like I'm doing! :D), I think you may be better off putting them as separate fictions.

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

#4
Splitting the books have the benefit of making them more distinguished, so some authors do use them on RR. I’d say that even though it logically acts as a drawback to have to draw people to a whole different book post, it might only be up to a certain threshold after which you see some benefits in how they are presented as distinct items instead of a continuous mass.

So I’d only advise splitting books if it’s important to your image as an author at the very least, which might be a good way to pinpoint that threshold since authorial reputation only becomes truly important at certain thresholds.

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

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Krahie Wrote: I think it depends on how closely tied together your stories are. If one book comes right after the other with similar themes and characters, you could get away with putting each book under one fiction. A series I started reading recently -- Aeonica -- does this, and it's very successful.

But if each book isn't exactly a "direct" sequel to the others, and you have different plots and storylines in each book (like I'm doing! :D), I think you may be better off putting them as separate fictions.


So one series is definitely basically one story broken into nine books. Like Game of Thrones. So it sounds like that one should absolutely be kept as one story here on RR. Although it will be around a million words in length. Does RR allow things that long in one piece?

The other is more of an edge case. It follows the same characters and the same story arc, but it does have distinct breaks. (On Wattpad, I have it listed as each book individually. On Tapas, it's all listed under one series. I haven't had people complain either way.)

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

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Yeah, as others pointed out, Royal Road lends itself to longer fictions. One reason is the Weekly Popular list which ranks stories based on the number of views they receive in a single week. The more chapters you have, the more views your story will get. And you're better off having one long story on page 5 as opposed to several smaller ones on page 20. I also list my books individually over on Wattpad, but I have them grouped together here.

Also, 1 million words is no big deal. The Wandering Inn is close to 5 million. :)

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

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@Geek_Aflame
Pretty much. You can just look at something like The Wandering Inn and see it’s already millions of words and over five “Volumes” each with a sort of big conflict climax at their endings and they’re all dumped into one fiction index.

Short fiction has the advantage of being less intimidating, but readers should already know it’s a whole series going in, and aggregating your positive rating into one fic profile outweighs the benefits of splitting most of the time.

The biggest reason to avoid splitting on RR would mostly be that you can’t follow Authors at the moments or anything that links between several books in a series. You have to manually advertise the other books and lots of people ignore author notes and the like which doesn’t help.

If you know what you’re doing however there are some authors on RR who get away with making new fictions all the time and effectively “splitting” their writing. But you essentially have to rebuild awareness of your book each time in a way if you don’t have some kind of fanbase just looking you up whenever they can.

Re: Best practice for a series of multiple "books"

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Quote:Barbara J Webb

So one series is definitely basically one story broken into nine books. Like Game of Thrones. So it sounds like that one should absolutely be kept as one story here on RR. Although it will be around a million words in length. Does RR allow things that long in one piece?

The other is more of an edge case. It follows the same characters and the same story arc, but it does have distinct breaks. (On Wattpad, I have it listed as each book individually. On Tapas, it's all listed under one series. I haven't had people complain either way.)

a million words is great! Long stories are always welcome, i personally feel a little dissapointed when a story i like has less than 200k, that's my threshold for being satisfied with the story and not crazy because it ended too early.