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Guest Post: The Joys (and Perils) of Writing a Series by Aya de Leon

Today we welcome debut author Aya de Leon to the blog — she’s a fellow former Debutante at The Debutante Ball, a publishing blog that I was a member of in 2015. It’s a fun read — tracking the journey of five first-time authors over the course of their debut year. Check it out if you haven’t already! Aya’s first book, Uptown Thief, kicked the start of her Justice Hustlers series. As she launches book two, The Boss, she’s taking a moment […]


Guest Post with Christy Farley: Turning a Standalone into a Series

When I sold my YA contemporary fantasy, Gilded, it was one of those WOW-is-this-really-happening-moments. The elation on a scale of 1-10 was definitely an 11. Not too long after the deal, I visited my editor in New York. Over coffee, we chatted about books and series and what made us fall in love with them. During that convo, we had the “what happens next” talk. I’m not going to lie. I was really excited to […]


Guest Post: Secrets to Writing a Series with Lydia Kang

Imagining a Series When I wrote Control, back in the days before I had an agent and publisher, trilogies were the thing. The Divergent Series was out there, as were the Hunger Games. So I knew I was going to query with this book that was “standalone with a potential for a series” (writer speak for “I’m not pushing three books on you, but they’re yours if you want them!”) Control ended up being a […]


Finishing a Trilogy: Interview with Meagan Spooner, author of Skylark

Today, I’m delighted to have Meagan Spooner back on the blog. The final book in her Skylark trilogy, Lark Ascending, just released last week, and if you haven’t yet read these books, then now’s the time! For one, the books are EXCELLENT (and if you’re a fan of my Something Strange & Deadly, then you’ll definitely love Skylark). For two, the book is only $0.99 on Kindle right now!! For three, just read this summary and tell me […]


Lessons Learned While Writing a Trilogy

My work on the Taken trilogy is pretty much complete. Sure, Forged doesn’t come out until April, but as far as writing and revision is concerned, I’m off the hook. All that remains is printing and production of the book. And then of course, promotion. As I move on to new projects, I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of writing a trilogy. I’ve learned a lot since I began working on Gray’s story in 2010, and […]