I confess: I’m writing a series.
If I get the opportunity to finish it, it will be three books long.
I’ve read that it’s important to ensure the first book stands on its own – in case I don’t get the go-ahead on the rest. Check. I’ve also read that when writing queries, it’s important to suggest the series in an ambivalent fashion, that the book “could” evolve into a series – to give the publisher the utmost in flexibility. (Thank you Nathan Bransford!) I can do that.
But here’s where I run into trouble. How much plotting of books two and three is appropriate? Should I be ready to provide prospective agents with a complete synopsis of the full trilogy, or should I wait until (IF!) book one sells?
I’m finding it’s actually somewhere in between. In order to properly set up book two in the first book, I need to know basically what happens. As a result, as I move through draft four of my WIP, I’m keeping a point-form list of broad-strokes plot points for the second and, to a lesser extent, for the third book. I love plotting, so I have to admit, it’s tough not to forge ahead with it!