Book Series: How Many Books Is Enough?

To B4 or Not To B4, that is my question…

Yesterday Lynda from Books Direct posted her interview of me.  We talked about what my family thinks of my writing, my upcoming short story “Dream, Interrupted” (featuring new heroine Corelei Neverest; she was tons of fun to write), and how darn difficult it was to write the ending to White Heart of Justice.

Why was it so hard?

Well, because White Heart of Justice may be the last Noon Onyx book. As I mention in the interview, I felt an enormous amount of pressure to make sure the ending was emotionally satisfying for those who have followed the series so far – which was challenging considering where I’d left things at the end of Fiery Edge of Steel and the fact that, originally, I’d roughly plotted a total of seven books in the series. (Go ahead, you can say it, what sane writer plots that far ahead of her own career?!)

So, after a mild (dare I admit, significant) panic attack, I got down to business and wrote the ending to WHOJ. That ending changed countless times. I’m not sure what readers will think of it. Early feedback has been wonderful but no one (including me) has really addressed whether this is THE END.

The only thing I know for certain is that I’ll likely self-publish any future books in the series. And self-publishing a book the way I’d want to (with quality editing and a fantastic cover artist/designer) wouldn’t be cheap.

The final decision is mine. Creatively, I have to want to do it. And financially I’ll have to decide whether or not I’m comfortable with the risk and investment of moving forward with a Noon Onyx B4 instead of some other equally awesome but different project.

So I’m curious…

READERS: After you finish White Heart of Justice, let me know whether you’d be interested in reading another Noon novel. I feel the ending is satisfactory enough for us all to walk away happy… and yet… as I said during yesterday’s interview, it’s hard to say goodbye. Halja is a fascinating world and Noon is an interesting, strong character to write about.

WRITERS: Have any of you continued a traditionally published series on your own? How’d that work out for you?

Ok, enough already with the serious talk!!!

Today, I’m over at Magic and Mayhem with a really fun guest blog:

Top 5 Cool Things

You Can Do with a Sword

and

Why Heroes & Heroines Can’t Do Without Them

You gotta come check it out. I actually mention WHOJ only once (to point out its inclusion on the Goodreads “It’s All About The Swords!” list). If you love swords, the post is a MUST READ. 😀

In addition to my Super Serious questions above, I also want to know:

What’s your favorite book cover with a sword on it? Have any examples of cool things you can do with a sword?

Lemme know your answers over at Magic and Mayhem!

Thanks for following, everyone! I’m loving all the tweets!!!

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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

6 thoughts on “Book Series: How Many Books Is Enough?

  1. I am looking forward to more books honestly. WHOJ left me wanting more, and I’d probably preorder and buy more than one copy of whatever you produce at this point. Self publishing can be a big hassle, but put me down for an excited plus one for any story you make! (though I am pretty attached to noon at this point and really want to see her finish her schooling at least)
    And plotting that far ahead is amazing if you can come up with the content. Maybe a bit crazy, but crazy isn’t always bad. 😛

    1. Thanks for this reply, Hallie. I really appreciate hearing your thoughts. Your last sentence made me laugh. Yep, crazy. But none of the books ended the way I originally planned. So the series probably won’t either. And that’s ok. I hear you about self-pub being a hassle. But there are hassles with traditional publishing too. It’s just two different routes to market. If I do it, I’ll probably just trade one set of challenges for another. But that’s ok too. You know what they say? Nothing worth doing is easy. Right? 😀

      In any case, I’m really happy to hear you’re an “excited plus one” — that’s awesome and I’m so grateful.

      * I suppose I should also add, in case anyone stumbles on this post later and gets the wrong idea: I still think traditional publishing is a worthy option for writers to consider. I’m definitely going to be thinking about it for future projects.

  2. Hi Jill.

    I am one of those who would like to see something MORE for Noon. Where the storyline finished, I want to see more ‘closure’ ; I want there to be some kind of declaration (I am trying to say something without revealing the ending) 😉

    Noon walks away-we know how she feels-but we don’t know where ‘they’ go from there.

    Perhaps a novella that brings some closure to the series-an epilogue of sorts that lets the reader know Noon has found her place in society and she knows that the choice she has made is the correct one.

    1. Hi Sandy– All good thoughts to consider. I appreciate you trying not to be too spoilery. 😀 I always find it hard to discuss books and movies without giving things away.

      Thank you for the comment. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. Have a great night!

  3. I just left a review on Amazon stating I can’t wait for the next installment. Then I come to your site and read that WHOJ may be the last book. I’m not going to get upset, because I could see how this would make an ample ending, however, I’d like to say that it didn’t feel complete. I love who Noon has become! Thank you for allowing her to grow and evolve as she has over the three books.

    I would like to see a new dynamic. How does Noon’s evolution effect a “we”?

    1. Hi Jamie—thanks so much for leaving a review on Amazon. Reviews there and other places really help increase a book’s visibility.

      Reader/reviewer responses so far have been incredibly positive and supportive – about both the series and a possible fourth book. I’m still considering my options but I very much appreciate hearing readers’ honest thoughts. It’s not a marketing gimmick, just simple economics – the more readers who say they are interested in a fourth book, the more likely it is that I’ll write it. Creatively, I’m definitely getting more excited about it. How can I not when I hear from readers like you? 😀

      I’ll be sure to let everyone know my plans. In the meantime, THANK YOU. Please know how appreciative I am for comments like this and for helping me to spread the word about the series to more readers.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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