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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Writing Quote: The Mystery Novel Series Versus Standalone Books

     A series mystery novel has repeating characters whose stories continue book to book and a puzzle that gets solved within the context of each book. A standalone is written as a one-off, without a plan for a prequel or sequel.

     At the outset, it's a good idea to decide whether the book you're about to write is the first of a series or a standalone. This will affect many of the decisions you make--not the least of which is whether you can bump off your main character.

Halle Ephron, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel, 2005 

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