Should You Write a Standalone?
Many authors have very successful careers writing standalone novels.
Standalones allow you the freedom to write in different genres with all-new characters, and you can pursue any story you feel like, and there’s no pressure to release a follow-up, and you’re less likely to be typecast as a certain kind of author.
Listen to this clip of bestselling author Mark Edwards talking about how he gets new readers with each of his standalone thrillers:
Some authors, like Joanne Harris or Martina Cole, will move from a recurring series to standalones with ease, and perhaps that’s one of the secrets of a long career as an author? Launch with a series that builds a brand, and then experiment with standalones to reach out to new readers.