Generally speaking, a novel is around 80,000 words. Na-No-Wri-Mo wants you to hit 50,000 words in 30 days. This, however, is about you novelist and non-fiction overachievers who end up with 300,000 words (or 100,000 words for you business ebook authors).
Working with writers and authors, there are always a few similar stopping points we experience, some of which can bring us to our knees. Being writers and authors, we get how those stopping points can make or break a book, or even just a “simple” blog. There’s nothing simple about writing, if there was… everyone would be a writer. But what do you do when you’ve written SO MUCH on a subject, it becomes one or two additional animals (rawr!) to contend with?
You get to release several volumes of your amazing, original, totally-planned-as-a-series ebook! You become a multi-faceted (or book-ed-ed) writer.
A fructiferous author.
See, this is actually the best case scenario, most of the time. Editing a book down to a certain word count tends to be a zillion times easier than continuing to add content. Plus, trends in publishing indicate that the majority of readers prefer smaller books over ginormous books, with obvious Harry Potter exceptions, aside. Our position is that with a smaller book, you get a chance to publish sooner, with succinct ideas and more motivation to continue through the series, especially as you get feedback. For example…
Fantasy eBook Series Release scenario:
- Author writes for months, comes up with 100,000 words.
- Editor says 40,000 words are pretty much a complete book, with remaining 60,000 words possible contenders in an eBook series of two or three more volumes.
- Author nods, hiding a twitching eye, because this will never be done… but also sees the beauty in the plan. Author finishes volume one of eBook series, gets it published by any means possible, takes a week to rest and then dives into volume #2.
- 30 days later, feedback from volume one begins to solidify, enhancing self-esteem and motivation to finish volume #2, while contemplating #3’s final steps.
- 60 days after original rough draft, author now has one volume published, one volume on its way to publishing and a third waiting in the wings.
- Everyone does a happy dance and they all live happily ever after.
Your results may vary.
When you’re writing, the general advice is not to stop… to keep writing. Don’t edit, just write. You never know what you’re going to end up seeing on those pages, and it doesn’t matter. Once you have finally unloaded all of your expertise and/or creativity onto those pages, the rest pretty much takes on a life of its own! Congrats, author! RAWR!
Need to get your eBook series from point A to B, C, D… and then P? We’ve got eBook bootcamps, consultations and one-on-one coaching just PURRFECT for your place in the process. Contact MojoWriting today!