Thursday, July 8, 2010

Feeling Writerly! And... Series or Stand Alone?

The writing fairy has returned and wow have we been busy working on Anemone!  To celebrate, I made a fun new banner up top, sprinkled with the purtiest Anemones the internet had to offer!! 

I've felt so writerly these past couple of days, I could just bust.  Yesterday I actually went to the library to get a couple books on Greek mythology for, get this, RESEARCH!  Actual BOOK research, NOT on the internet!!  I couldn't stop smiling on the way back out to my car.  I felt like a WRITER! 

I'm feeling so solid about this story, more than anything I've worked on thus far.  I'm really excited about how it's shaping up, and I can't wait to be able to share some more tidbits soon.  Now, here's where y'all come in. 

So far, I'm feeling that Anemone is a stand alone.  The story really finishes itself, and I'm comfortable with it being the one and only.  Now, we all know that in the young adult world, the series is a HUGE thing.  I myself am a big fan of the series.  But what about the stand alones?  Is there any hope for them to get noticed or taken seriously by readers of YA these days?  Or even agents?  We all know they want to sign writers with staying power.  So, what do you think?

10 comments:

  1. I've been wondering about this too. With my new idea I feel it might just be a stand alone. Well, actually, it maybe could be a series too. Maybe. But I believe that stand alones are just as good as series.

    I think the key is to not force a series if the story finishes itself in the first. That's my opinion, anyway. :)

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  2. Just a laymans opinion, because I don't frequent the YA genre, but from my observations the trend is most definitely toward series. Does that mean a stand-a-lone has no chance, not necessarily, but if the story lends itself to a series concept I would lean that way.

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  3. I think it depends upon which subgenre you're writing. There seems to be more YA contemporary romances that are standalones, since romances tend to be over at the book's end. Sci-fi and fantasy, on the other hand, are more series kind of books. So what is "Anemone?" And I love that you're doing research on Greek stuff! If you're writing about mythology, join the club. We're few but strong. lol

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  4. I'm going to second DL's opinion, but add a caveat...

    If you don't think your heart would be in it, then I'd forgo the series option. I am a firm believer that readers can tell if a writer just isn't into it.

    If you do, though, I say certainly give it some thought. :)

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  5. Love the anemones. They're gorgeous. I'd say go with your gut on the stand alone/ series issue. A good story will catch an agents eye. Plus, you can always write a sequel if the stand alone is successful.

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  6. That banner is so pretty! I'm glad the writing fairy is back :)

    As far as single-vs-series, I will say that one of the first questions my agent asked me was whether my novel could be the start of a series. But if Anemone wraps everything up and you don't want to make a sequel, you could see if there's room for a companion book (ie set in the same world but not necessarily starring the same characters).

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  7. I like the new layout :) And I think in reality, most series start as a stand alone. The publisher sees how it goes, and then if it is received well, they turn it into a series. I've heard a lot of literary agents say the same thing, that they like to be queried with a stand alone. If you don't want to make it into a series, then don't push it. I really love some stand alones, and I get disappointed with some series.

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  8. I think if an editor or an agent is captivated by your writing and your story, it doesn't much matter if it's a standalone or a series. Plenty of standalones do well in the YA market, though it might be a good idea to have another story to pitch to show that you're going to have staying power.

    Love the banner!

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  9. That is such a tough question. I read both. I like books that work as a stand-alone but have possibilities for future books with the same characters or in the same world.

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  10. I may be a bit behind the time here, but I like the blog look. Are those anemones in the header?

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