Sunday, May 4, 2014
Guest Post by Paige Rion
Today we have Paige Rion with us for a guest post. I met Paige first when I did a book blitz for one of her books. We started talking and I thought she might want to come on my blog to do a guest post. Here is a little more about Paige:
Paige Rion is a contemporary romance author. She’s a mother, wife, blogger, hopeless chocoholic, coffee-addicted, wine-lover. Her debut, novel—a new adult romance—Written On Her Heart, is the first in the Callaway Cove series. The next in the series is to be released this summer. She loves connecting with readers on her blog and social media. You can visit her website at http://paigerion.com/.
And now here is a guest post from Paige Rion.
Series books are pretty popular these days. For readers, the reason is a simple one. If you read the first book and loved it, you get to continue the journey with the characters for one or two more books! What can be better than that?
But is it as beneficial to the writer? The answer: It depends.
There’s an obvious benefit for any writer to create a series of books. Get your readers to buy the first book, they’ll also buy book two, and book three. Or at least that’s the plan. But the reader has to like the first book enough to invest themselves in buying the rest of the series. And even if they do like the first book, that’s no guarantee that they’ll go on to finish the series. In fact, I’ll even admit to that I’ve read quite a few #1 books in a series that I did enjoy, but just don’t quite have the motivation to move onto book #2. I’m not even sure why, exactly, except I guess they didn’t capture me that much. And that’s the double-edged sword of writing a series. Because you better make sure your readers love book one or they’re not buying book two, let alone book three, which means you’re wasting months, possibly years of your time (depending on how quickly you write and publish) writing books that nobody’s ever going to read. And if you’re publishing them yourself, that’s also money thrown out the window. Depending on how much you spend, that’s upwards of $1500! If you have a traditional deal, then you better watch out because you may not see the portion of advances for book two and three if your publisher decides to drop you due to poor performance. Yikes!
So, what can a writer do about this? Not much except write a darn good book and work your tail off.
You might even be asking right now why in the world an author would want to risk that by writing a series in the first place. I suppose that’s a good question. I guess, like everything else in life, it all comes down to taking risks and having faith. That’s what I have, and that’s why I chose to write a series—that and I wrote a darn good book ;).
I want to thank Paige for the eye-opening piece. I really enjoyed it and I hope you did. Page is doing a book tour right now so I am going to tell you a bit about that. You were probably wondering about the banner above.
WRITTEN ON HER HEART BLURB
Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.
Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.
An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.
She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.
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