Does a Sequel Affect the Original?
When asked if there would be a sequel for E.T., Steven Spielberg said that he would never make it. He felt that a sequel would just degrade the original work. Spielberg has, of course, gone on to make many sequels of many of his movies, but still left E.T. as a standalone.
So what goes into the decision to create a sequel? I suppose the answer is both emotional and logical. I believe the decision comes from 1)the author’s intentions for the story, and 2) the potential business success.
Many insist that indie authors must write a series to be successful. The reasoning behind this is that a series of multiple books better establishes the author and makes him/her more visible to the public. However, I think that a blend of series and standalone books can best achieve this objective.
I’m curious to see what you think. Would you rather read a series or a standalone? Which Midnight Guardian series book is your favorite?
And speaking of sequels…Book 4 of the Midnight Guardian series, Shadows Rising, arrives this Fall. In the meantime, you can catch up on the series at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and other e-book and paperback retailers. (Excerpts)
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