FAQ: End of a Series

A FAQ came up again today about getting more books in a series / or why did I end a series that had so much more room to grow.

Don’t panic. I am not threatening to end Dragon Lords and the other futuristic series.

For me, namely the collections that are listed as trilogies, like Call of the Lycan, Naughty Cupid, and Lords of the Aybss.

Here are a few reasons as to why a series might end:

There is so much more in deciding if a series will continue beyond my love of writing it. Sales, unit numbers, etc, have a big say in whether publishers (or me as an author) can afford to keep putting out books. **It’s extremely important when the book is first released because that’s when people are paying the most attention.** Editors, final line editors, covers, formatting, printing, distribution, marketing, etc all take time and money to be done right. This is why I always stress to readers how important it is to let people know and leave reviews for the books you love. The more the word is spread, the better the series’s odds. Publishing is a business and writing is an art. The two have to be crammed together despite the clearly different motivations behind them.

I know that some of my series were hit hard by piracy, which hurt sale numbers. It’s a fact of the business. I know some other authors who stopped a series because of rampant piracy. But, that’s not the only reason. And I’m not turning this post into a lecture on piracy. Stealing is wrong. End of comment.

Sometimes, a publisher ends an imprint (something that’s not always about the authors as much as publisher business). If I know a series will be stopping (or possibly stopping) I do my best to wrap everything up. Like with the last Matthews Sister. The imprint was ending and there was no where for a new book to go, no matter that it had/has solid sales. So, the decision was made to end the series and luckily for me it was a good place to do so.

Publishers and authors part ways, or contractual limits. Sometimes, we all just can’t get along (or outgrow what one can give the other) and it’s best to do the mature thing and stop working together. Sometimes, contracts tie our hands and we can’t do more until a much later date.

A natural ending. Sometimes the stories are just done. They’re told and there is no more to say.

The good news. For me, at least, there’s never really a NEVER when it comes to older series. If there is a renewed interest shown by sales numbers, reviews, etc, then series can be revived. I like to call these the sleeper hits.

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