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Jun

Series of Books or Book Serials: What’s the Difference?

The following article could not have been made without the help of PublishDrive author Gabriel Wolf. We are grateful for his insight on the topic of book serials.

Series of books or book serials: What is the difference?

Categorization of multiple episode television programs is fairly common: everybody knows that the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, the sitcom Friends, and Stranger Things are all substantially different formats, and viewers start them with different expectations. The same is true for books as well. However, there are still many people who don’t know the difference between a series of books and a book serial.

As an author, you have to be aware of whether you are writing a series of a books or a serial, and have to follow (or break) genre expectations.

In a series of books, each book can be read individually. They are usually built around a certain character who doesn’t age or set in the same world, and you can get away with reading them in any order you wish (eg. Discworld by Terry Pratchett). No mysteries or questions go unanswered between two books.

Book serials, on the other hand, have an overarching story line. The characters age and change: like in Harry Potter. Often, they come in episodes or parts shorter than a novel: 80-100 pages long instalments. Episodes (whether novel-sized or chapter sized) are separately published in ebook format and get their own cover. Once a story arc has been finished, the author groups the parts together and publishes it as a novel (often called a ‘season’). The book receives a title, a new ISBN, and usually also appears in print form.

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06
Jun

Get to Know the Team: Interview With Author Success Coach Adam Woods

We are happy to welcome Adam to the team as Author Success Coach. The program is currently in beta, but more details are to come.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background?

My full name is Adam Friday Woods. I am an author, speaker, co-founder of YouthLeadershipBuilders.com (currently in beta), and now an Author Success Coach at PublishDrive. I’m from Northern California, about 80 miles outside of San Francisco. I have been married for almost 16 years and have 4 children.

I have always been a people person, so it makes sense that I went into sales and marketing early on. Later, I went into management and have been a Sales Manager, Territory Manager, and most recently a General Manager.

Why publishing? How did you end up at PublishDrive?

I studied business in college, however; I also took many literature and writing classes during this time and my love for writing evolved. After many years of hobby writing, I began writing stories to my children. In 2016, I wrote a kids’ fable in verse. After I had the story edited, I knew I should get it published. So I began the process by connecting with an illustrator, and started navigating the self-publishing world.

During this process, I shared my book with several people. I connected with a motivational speaker and he encouraged me to create a keynote speech on the message of the book, and to begin doing speaking gigs on the topic. So I did just that, and have been doing inspirational speaking for the last few years. My message is mainly targeted to youth, ranging from elementary school to high school ages, but I do speak to corporations and other organizations as well. (More info here.)

The self-publishing journey has its challenges. Navigating the different platforms and options can be time consuming, learning new concepts can be difficult, and choosing the right options can be stressful. Authors will run into many problems along the way, but after you go through the process, it becomes quite rewarding. Hence, I began looking for a more rewarding full time career within the industry. I wanted to help authors navigate the self-publishing’s turbulent waters. This is how I came to find PublishDrive.

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