AUTHOR’S NOTE: Writing a series… pressure, pleasure and pain #DarkFacade READERS QUESTIONS #amreading #amwriting71
February 18, 2013 by Sylvia Hubbard
I’ve been studying the market for a long while and I wanted to do something just a little different with my stories.
Now I usually do live books on the website, but I wanted to try to make some type of money in doing this and decided with the market of readers liking “Series” of books, I saw breaking up large books into smaller books and going from there.
I decided Dark Facade would be an easy way to get the books as a series and also interest new readers into what I write.
This book doesn’t have a lot of characters that appear in other books and it’s a standalone story not many have heard about.
Although a complicated plot – very dark and seedy – it gives readers old and new something different. An off the beaten path for me, yet sensual enough for me to really dig deep in give my readers something I think they will enjoy.
I’ve never been a writer for the readers. I’ve been more of what’s going to make me keep writing and seeing something I haven’t seen in other type of books that would be interesting to try to work out.
My goal for writing a story is to make the sinful look good and to make the unbelievable believable.
I think that’s why I get a lot of “I can’t believe this?!” kind of reviews on my books.
But I don’t dwell on this.
I do like when #SneakReaders go and say “If you want something different, you MUST try Sylvia’s books.”
Because I think I do create something that you would never imagine with characters you can’t help but love – even if you love to hate.
In Dark Facade, I introduce readers to Maxine.
Now if you haven’t read the story, here’s some background without the spoilers:
She’s a loner, like almost all my characters. She likes to keep to herself and finds her only life in work. Until her close co-worker comes up missing. Maxine delves into her co-worker’s life to find that the woman might be part of a secret society in the seedy underground of Detroit.
Maxine joins and that’s when it gets interesting for her.
I won’t tell the whole story. That would defeat the point of you buying the book and seeing what happens.
I’m not trying to get into the Fifty Shades of anything, trust me.
I actually wrote the book in 2007 and just now dusted it off to see if Readers could take this side of me.
What side is “the dark side”?
The dark side I would say. The side that says just what if there were men out there that liked to treat women like crap and there were women out there who didn’t mind being treated like crap… for the right price.
Keeping it good. Since I originally wrote the story in 2007, I basically have a first draft I have to go through and piece it out add the extra story line I created and also go into a little bit more details in other matters I had quickly punched out.
How deep should I go down the rabbit hole? i don’t want to disgust you, but I want to remain true to all the characters. In book two, everything took a big turn when you saw a lot more of the dark side of the life inside the Masquerade and then you saw a horrible side of Philippe along with Maxine getting a backbone at the wrong time.
I was tempted to take the scene out between her and Devon. I knew this crossed the line, but I decided to keep it in because I wanted to be true to the story.
I am having so much fun hearing the feedback (That’s why you need to stop reading right now and go to Amazon or wherever you bought the book and leave a review. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON GOODREADS TOO!)
The pleasure of the journey to create a serial book for my readers was terrifying at first, but now that I’ve bounced out book two and working on book three, I’m getting more and more excited.
FINISHING! Getting the time between getting a new house together, keeping my sanity as I go through a horrible time in my life and also geting the energy to be creative and work at this project has been mentally, emothionally and spiritually stressful.
(That’s why you need to make me happy and leave a review of the book somewhere and then tell five friends they need to download their own copy too)
Someone did ask me was I going to put this into paperback.
One painful step at a time.
It’s been a little less painful as Smashwords is getting my books into premium distribution very fast.
The second book I put up was approved for premium in less than a day and a half. That was pretty fast. I usually don’t see it being done for about two weeks.
(Please let me know if you see the books in other books stores such as Barnes and Nobles, Diesel, Sony and iTunes. One reader reported book one was there, but I haven’t heard news on Book two yet.)
Would I recommend other writers jump into doing series?
Yes, but not as a first book.
I would say get some books under your belt and then start doing a series.
I relegate this experience to writing a soap opera.
- You have to stay on schedule.
- You have to communicate to the readers what’s in your head, if you are going to be on schedule, if you are having a tough time and just making them apart of the process.
- You have to leave cliffhangers that MUST be answered soon in the next book or by the end of the book
- You have to talk about it and make sure all the other books connected to the series are easy to find
- You have to make sure you stay true to the characters
- You have to give the readers an ending.
I wouldn’t suggest any more than four books in the series, unless each book is a standalone book. Meaning the characters relate to each other but each book could be read without reading a previous book.
Dark Facade is my only series currently where YOU MUST start at book one before getting into book two or three (coming soon).
Would I do this again?
Yes, I actually do have plans to do this with A LITTLE BIT OF SIN (three books), EMPORER’S ADDICTION (three books) and EVE’S DECEPTION (two books).
I’d love to answer any more questions regarding the #DarkFacade books and I’d love to hear your comments – good and bad – in the comments below.
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