Pub. Date:
How to Write a Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips and Marketing Tactics

How to Write a Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips and Marketing Tactics

by Sara Rosett


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, October 25


Struggling to structure your book series?

Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you.

Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Perhaps you have a series languishing in your backlist, and you need ideas on how to market it.

Get the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your series with How to Write a Series.

You’ll learn:

• The three basic types of series

• The benefits and drawbacks of writing each type of series

• Tips for extending your series beyond your original plan

• Ideas for creating spinoffs and expanding your literary universe

• How to know when it’s time to end a series

• How to save time writing your series and how to keep track of details

• How to deal with the problems that result from being locked into a story world

• How to refresh your interest in a series if you’ve grown bored

• Creative ways to market your series

I’ve been writing for fifteen years as both a hybrid and independent author. I’ve published over twenty-five fiction books in four different series. Everything I’ve learned about writing a series has been through trial and error. I hope my lessons-learned will give you a shortcut when it comes to writing your series, plus tips for troubleshooting problems, and ideas for promoting your series.

Unlock the power of a series in your author career with How To Write a Series.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950054329
Publisher: McGuffin Ink LLC
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 464,908
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

"USA Today" bestselling author Sara Rosett writes lighthearted mysteries for readers who enjoy atmospheric settings, fun characters, and puzzling whodunits.

She is the author of the High Society Lady Detective historical mystery series as well as three contemporary cozy series: the Murder on Location series, the On the Run series, and the Ellie Avery series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.

"Publishers Weekly" called Sara's books "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling." Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at

Table of Contents


Why Write a Series?

Types of Series

  • Multi-protagonist Series
  • Single Protagonist Series
    • Protagonist with a Flat Character Arc
    • Protagonist with a Robust Character Arc

Crafting Your Series

  • Character Arcs and Subplots
  • Series Patterns
  • Cliffhangers and Read-through Hooks
  • Ending a Series
  • Connecting Series: Spinoffs and Literary Universes
  • Extending a series


  • Marketing
  • Troubleshooting

Serious Series Overwhelm


Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Customer Reviews