Inside the mind of a fantasy writer

Prequel or Book #1?

I have a question for readers and other authors, so please feel free to weigh in on this issue.

Okay…so, I’m getting  things finalized with the new Christian’s Kisses Series, so I can work on getting the prequel and the first book polished and ready for release, so the others will fall (smoothly) in line afterward.

But, I’m debating something. I know readers like to know the order books in a series play out, and they should all be numbered. But…what about the prequel? It’s a novella, so it’s not a “novel” like the others in the series are. But it comes first. Of course, you can read book one without it, but it’s nicer to read the prequel first (and to KNOW it exists). And since the prequel is releasing first, book 1 will mostly likely read as the second book (to most readers).

So…do I just number the prequel “book 1” and throw out the word “prequel” altogether? I never really liked the word “prequel”, anyway. It’s weird to say, too lol.

The reason I bring this up is because I’ve run into this issue with Nightwalkers.  What happens is, new readers want to read the series, but the prequel screws up the ordering system on the listings, etc, etc, etc, problem, problem, problem, you get my drift.

And…a side note in case this is asked, no, I don’t want to lengthen it to become a full novel, so that’s not an option. It’s staying a novella (It’s about 24k, I think).





3 responses

  1. Yeah, that is a tricky issue. I’m not sure I have a good suggestion, lol! You probably realized this already, but it is tricky to get prequels/companion novellas to show up with the rest of a series on Amazon. I ran into this when I was publishing Revenge, which is a novella and as you know is “book” 2.5. But, alas, right now Amazon doesn’t accept non-whole numbers as series installments, so it won’t automatically bundle it with the rest of the series. 😦

    So, I guess I would recommend making the prequel book 1, just so readers can find it easily and will know they’re all part of the same series. But that is just a thought.

    April 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    • That “amazon issue” is why I am debating this. They wont let me put Beginnings as part of the Nightwalkers series because it doesn’t have a number. Like you said, all they let you stick in is the book number. That sucks when you have a prequel, a companion or spin off novel. I think because it’s such an issue I may be leaning toward calling it book 1. Thanks for weighing in on the issue 😉

      April 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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