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Writing a series of books query

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I have now written two books as a series  or  a duology.  (Demons of Sphinx & Child of No One)

 

I am now debating whether to start a new book or consider writing a 3rd book so the series is trilogy.

 

Out of curiosity I am wondering what agents and publishers prefer? Do they prefer duologues or trilogies or are they not bothered?

 

At the end of the day I will work on the idea that holds up and interests me but I would be interested to know people's views.

 

 

 

 

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You won't like this answer. (I sure don't.)

 

What agents and publisher want is a stand-alone. Period. Especially for first-time writers, but, honestly, for all writers except those who have already proven success for series.

 

They won't take it if it is longer, because the first book has to succeed to warrant a second book. And the second has to succeed to warrant the third, etc. Which answers how long they do want it. (Doesn't matter until the one before it is successful.)

 

As for how to approach them on a longer-than? This was how I was told to do it:

"THE COMFORT BAN is a 47,000-word MG urban fantasy stand-alone with series potential."

 

Annoying, ain't it?

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That's helpful.

 

Both books can be read independently  because each book's story is self contained.  So if someone read bk 2 it wouldn't matter that they had not read bk 1. 

 

It is just that I have some.of the same characters of bk1 in bk2 but the two.main ones are new in bk2.

 

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On 2/13/2020 at 8:25 PM, Jeff Potts said:

Oh...I see a long, painful, uphill battle in my future...

Pain level - 2. Like a recurring sinus headache. But, hey, not as bad as broken bones, or finding out your heater needs to be replaced. ;)

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On 2/13/2020 at 3:00 PM, Spaulding said:

 

What agents and publisher want is a stand-alone.

Wow, glad I read this.

 

I was worried about word count, so I thought I would break my novel into two parts.

 

*crumples idea and flings it into the trash*

 

Better to find out now though. Thanks!

 

 

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