Whether you’re writing and/or publishing your own fiction or non-fiction Kindle books, establishing a series is an excellent idea.Looking at some of the best-selling books and movies currently on the market today, many extremely popular, extremely lucrative series stand out almost everywhere you look. From the Harry Potter series of books and movies, the classic …For Dummies non-fiction instructional guides, to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series (which has now been adapted into a hit HBO TV series, to the love-it-or-hate-it Twilight books and movies, it’s quite apparent that people love (and will subsequently shell out money for) them multi-part series entertainment.
>> Non-Fiction Series Ideas
Thinking in the same vein as the …For Dummies series of instructional books, non-fiction series work best when you’re continuously offering something of value. Thus, they usually aren’t of a biographical/autobiographical nature since there’s only so much information that exists — or at least exists that people will care about — regarding a single person. However, subjects such as countries, cultures, instructionals, food recipes and the like — really anything consisting of any kind of information that can be presented in an episodic nature — are perfect for non-fiction series’.
Your best bet if you’re having trouble coming up with a solid idea is to just look at the top best-selling non-fiction books and reference or take note of which of them span over multiple books or exist in some kind of series.
>> Fiction Series Ideas
While it may seem that fictional books would be vastly easier to craft into a series, the important thing to remember is that in order to do so, you’re going to need to create a solid, cohesive story that — perhaps most importantly — makes sense to have stretched over multiple books.
Some of the most popular fictional series — both currently and in the past — are fantasy and science fiction series. This is largely due to the fact that fantasy and science fiction stories are so much more easily scaled to an epic level. So much so that there’s practically an entire genre for this type of fiction called epic fantasy/science fiction. Think the Lord of the Rings, the aforementioned A Song of Ice and Fire and Ender’s Game — the latter of which you most certainly read at least the very first one in high school sometime.
Series works well with other genres too. Romance, for example can often be a series. This can be done as the continuing development of one relationship (50 Shades of Grey) or as a series of loosely connected books that take place within one family or one town. Paranormal and multi-genre series (Sookie Stackhouse series, for example) are also incredibly popular.
While technically any topic could be crafted into a series, perhaps the best series are created — or are at least created the easiest — by letting it happen naturally. Trying to force your set of Kindle books into a series of different books could very well simply diminish the overall value of the books as they stand alone, and that’s certainly never good.
However, series publishing can be smart marketing. With multiple books in a series, you can cross promote your other books much easier and grow your audience. The best way to do this would be to plan out your series before you start your writing and publishing.