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Should there be a timline on authors to give us the next book in a series

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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 22:25:35 GMT
I am so fed up on waiting on the follow ups to 2 different series am reading..I beleive I will be dead before their release and am only in my 30s!!!..I mean how long are we expected to wait on the next book of a series..
I understand that writing a brilliant books can take years, but surely if an author is writing a series of books they more or less no the beginning middle and end.

I seem to be waiting forever on the next books from the Painted Man and the Name of the Wind sagas..

I personally dont think its fair of some authors to keep us there fans waiting so long, especially not when it comes to a series..

Im afraid I may never live long enough to read them :)

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 02:04:58 GMT

Especially if it is a continuing story rather that a series of connected stories.

Perfect example for me:-

George R R Martins Game of Thrones series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and waited for the next book to come out. I had to wait FIVE YEARS before the second or third book came out. (He had gotten distracted by writing at least two other series.)

I'm 46 and I know exactly how you feel. However, I have outlived at least three of my favourite authors.

Anne McCaffrey,
David Eddings,
Jennifer Rardin.

Jennifer Rardin was only a year YOUNGER than me. Her last book, the series finally was published posthumously.

Ann McCaffrey's son Todd is carrying on her legacy.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 17:26:21 GMT
this is the thing that drives me nuts the most. i have read over 20 series of trilogies etc but have given up on quite a few because i cant be bothered after a 2 or 3 years wait for the next book. case in point the painted men ,wheel of time. why do they do it if its a trilogy publish all the books within the year its not as if your not going to buy them thankyou for reading this small rant

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 07:30:37 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
The very best writing is art. And you can't produce art to order. I agree it's annoying (GRRM - I'm looking at you!) but if it really bothers you, why not read finished series? There are plenty of them.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 08:55:33 GMT
Beren says:
Didn't realise that Anne McCaffery and David Eddings had died. Sorry about that. I had enjoyed Anne's books but her son's are not nearly as good.
My grip is Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson. The next book has been delayed - it should have ben published last November. Please let's have it now - I'm in my late sixties and am beginning to despair of ever finding out how the saga ends. If I threaten to haunt the writer would that help?
George R R Martin is as bad. Amazon do not even have any idea of a publishing date for book six but are now advertising book 5 part 2. What on earth is that? A different book? The old one divided into two?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 12:09:54 GMT
ArteMischief says:
yeah, i just saw that advertised, it certainly looks like the HARDBACK edition has been split into 2...but has it? Looking for clarity

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 12:19:16 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
Yes, it's been split into two, just as book three was split into two for the paperback release.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 12:45:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2012 13:56:44 GMT
Spot on, J Yasimoto. Once you've published the first book in a series, the pressure, doing the next one, is enormous. I'd say it slows a lot of authors up. In an ideal world, you'd write your trilogy or whatever and only publish the first one when you'd finished the rest. Otherwise the stress gets to you.

Also I'm reliably informed that series sell like pants until they're complete. Unless it's something like the Discworld where each book stands alone.

Finally, I'd rather wait a long time for a good book than have a quick sequel that doesn't do the first one justice.

That said, while, on one level I understand it's the author's business I do think that to start a series and not finish it, ever is unspeakable! ;-) That said, it depends on the writer, for some having an unfinished work in progress is like being dragged away from the telly in the middle of a good film and not getting to find out what happens for about six months... pure unadulterated hell that aspect of writing. Then again not all authors write the same way.

Just my unconnected thoughts.



Edited to add: So I think the gist of these rather disconnected thoughts is "no, the pressure is bad enough without without that, give us a deadline and no-one'll finish a series. We'll just crack." ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 19:24:21 GMT
David Eddings died in 2009. His wife with whom he co-wrote some of his book had dies a few years before that.

Ann McCaffrey had died in, I think, September 2011.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 20:37:17 GMT
Stuart Kelly says:
I like to use the forthcoming books section on to see whats coming out in the next 6 months. Amazon should try something similar

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 12:14:44 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
I can accept that it can take time to get the book right but theres an easy way around that: do what Tolkein did. Don't publish till it's all ready.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 17:20:52 GMT
Beren says:
Authors, like the rest of us, need an income so few can afford to wait until they have finished writing a series before they publish. Also their work may not be appreciated so there would be little point in writing more if the first does not sell. The problem I find is that the books are not complete stories in themselves and after creating a whole new world with numerous characters and plot-lines the writer allows himself and his work to ramble rather than reaching a conclusion. Probably both his/her bank manager and pocket are happy to see a 13 book series that has to be read.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 22:01:05 GMT
Ah Mr Tapner, that's exactly what I would have done.... but it gets harder by the day to get a toe hold in the e-book market. It was a trade off. Might have been a mistake, might not... I'll probably never know for sure but if I do write another trilogy it will be alongside other stuff and yeh, I'll be waiting until I've written all three before I publish the first one.



In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 12:22:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2012 12:23:02 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 20:05:57 GMT

Amazon haven't exactly promoted this well, but self-promotion is not permitted outside the "Meet Our Authors" (MOA) forum.

Would you mind deleting this post, and re-posting it in MOA?


Posted on 14 Mar 2012 20:59:44 GMT
minus10 says:
One thing authors can do these days, and I am sure many do, is blog their progress. Some would even suggest that it makes good business sense to do so, perhaps dropping the occasional teaser, to keep the fans interest.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 01:05:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 01:58:31 GMT
minus10 says:

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013 19:59:53 BDT
I already have gone on to other series. I have also, while still buying from unfinished series, not begun to read them until they are finished. If, however, they are individual stories within a series, (eg. Christine Feehan's Carpathians series,) then I DO read them as I get them. Sometimes I will reread the previous books but that is not usually not necessary.

Posted on 27 Jul 2013 11:13:02 BDT
Shanna says:
It's a sad fact that I spend nearly as much time worrying about an authors health nowadays as I do wondering when the next book comes out.
With Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey & David Gemmell gone, I was actually reduced to searching the internet to find out if Stephen Donaldson will make it to the publication date of the last book of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
I've got children who are now years older than I was when I started reading that series - first part was published in 1977, last part due to be released this year.

Posted on 27 Jul 2013 13:48:08 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
To be fair, the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were done and dusted in 1983, with an almost 20 year gap before he decided to extend the series. Stephen King also had a break before completing The Dark Tower.

However the Wheel of Time (Jordan) took 23 years of continuous writing to complete. And A Song of Ice and Fire (Martin) has been 17 years and counting. And there's no end in sight. These two are the worst offenders in my eyes. Perhaps someone can come up with an author who has spent longer, continuously writing a series? Self contained novels set in the same world (eg. Discworld) don't really count.

Posted on 27 Jul 2013 16:00:51 BDT
E-book worm says:
Err people, authors have lives like the rest of us, they probably have families too. Yes some take time to release a new book but I prefer to wait and read the next offering rather than paying for three books that really should of been one. Yes this is their choice of career but if something is worth waiting for then you wait. Life is tough enough without adding additional pressure where it really isn't deserved

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 15:32:05 BDT
Not quite but I am not the only who checks periodically to see if Melanie Rawn has got any closer to starting/finishing the exiles trilogy

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 20:15:16 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
For those who haven't seen it I give you Paul and Storm's take on the topic

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 20:57:22 BDT
As an indie with small press, I can tell you it takes 5-6 months to put a book out if I work myself into the ground and pushing hard for others to work.
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