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I have much more to say to you. (2 John 12, NLT)
“Book series have long been a worthwhile and productive commercial endeavor for publishers and authors alike,” says Justin Hartwig in Investopedia. The Harry Potter book series of seven installments, for instance, has sold 500 million copies … and counting.
But beyond a way to increase fan base and sales, a book series is a way for writers to “finish the story.”
As you write one book, you discover that you have too much content. Maybe you’ve got the protagonist’s sister and a minor character in Book 1 who need to have their stories told in Books 2 and 3. Or perhaps you unpacked disciplining in parenting in Book 1 but you need to explain about building family memories in Book 2 and cultivating healthy sibling relationships in Book 3.
Too much content: such was the challenge for the Apostle John when he penned his three letters, 1,2, and 3 John.
John used his first letter to urge Christ-followers to love God, love the truth, and love one another.
The next two letters in the series expand upon the themes in the first.
2 John encourages readers to walk in love and obey the truth. And the final installment, 3 John, explains the importance of hospitality, particularly for those who follow the truth and are in the household of faith.
As a side note, John also penned the gospel that bears his name as well as Revelation.
Got too much content? Write a book series.
If you’ve got too much content, write a book series.
Thank you for giving me the content you want me to share with readers. Show me how much to include in a book and what to save for another one.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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