Double post as a way of alerting those using the thread watchlist feature.
So I got on Twitter and got a few responses
. From what I see, you should
say whether a novel's standalone or has series potential, and is that you're not supposed to say that a novel does/doesn't have series potential after
querying, and even then, an agent/editor can tell.
In summary, it's not fixed. Once picked up by a publishing company, a novel can either be made standalone, standalone but open for a series if sales are good enough, or a surefire series from the start.
But to make things clear, this:
That's only really relevant if you're self-publishing. If you sign a book deal for three books then there's going to be three books, and even if you die horribly in an accident before you finish, it's not really your choice whether "trilogy" goes on the covers or not.
is correct. And the answer to this:
Wait so do I tell the publishing company that I have five to seven books planned or not?
is "yes, in your querying, but be open for a standalone or a standalone with series potential".
edited 18th Apr '13 2:04:30 PM by chihuahua0