Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Getting Serious about Writing a Series

Learn the musts of writing a series!

In this course, you will design your series bible, create the eleven items it must include (listed below), and learn series-writing tips from award-winning authors, including

  • Bella Andre
  • Romily Bernard
  • Laura Bradford
  • Allison Brennan
  • Diana Cosby
  • Vicky Dreiling
  • Angie Fox
  • Adrienne Giordano
  • Diana Groe
  • Charlotte Hubbard
  • Darynda Jones
  • Kieran Kramer
  • C.J. Lyons
  • Shirley Jump
  • Brenda Novak
  • Pamela Palmer
  • Robin Perini
  • Bonnie Ramthun
  • Renee Ryan
  • Jeanne Stein
  • Joan Swan
  1. Story structure. Learn how to shape your story and series for the best fit.
  2. Specification of your story's use of time. Do your books have a clock that ticks backward as well as forward?
  3. Series connection plan. Don't leave the way your books are going to connect to chance. Study and seize a style that will keep readers coming back for more.
  4. Rules. Boundaries. Limitations. Whatever you call them, you must set them before you write your series. If you don't, you risk your books becoming a joke.
  5. A personalized contract. You will need one to keep you on track for deadlines.
  6. Record of how your series will end. Stimulating ideas for the end of your series is important. Even if you're a pantser, you need to know how your series could finish with a boom.
  7. Opening scene - script it until it's perfect.
  8. Plot possibilities. There is a smorgasbord of ways you can develop plot ideas. Your bible should include pages for you to track your ideas for the books as well as the series.
  9. Develop you elevator pitch for your first book.
  10. Develop your elevator pitch for your series.
  11. Develop your series paragraph for your query letter.
  12. Synopsis. If an agent requests a synopsis, and it's almost guaranteed they will, learn how to create one without going insane.

Teacher

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells writes romantic comedy with enough steam to fog your eyeglasses, your brain, and sometimes your Kindle screen. On the other hand, her eighty-year-old mother-in-law has read Lisa’s steamiest book and lived to offer her commentary. Which went something like this: You used words I’ve never heard of…

Lisa’s the author of romantic comedies. Her latest release is a paranormal romantic comedy: (HEXES AND O’S).

She lives in Missouri with her husband and slightly-chunky rescue dog. Lisa loves dark chocolate, red wine, and those rare mornings when her skinny jeans fit. Which isn’t often, considering the first two entries on her love-it list.

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