Types of Series: Disjointed Series

Continuing the study of the different types of series so I can decide which one my new series falls into…

This post is about Disjointed Series.

Disjointed? Yep, but that doesn’t mean the book don’t make any sense. Instead, it refers to the lack of cohesion between each of the books of the series.

For instance, one book might take place on one side of the galaxy. The type of galaxy government might be the same, but the adventure, characters, and story taking place will be completely different from another adventure, characters, and story taking place on the other side of the galaxy.

In this type of series, there will usually be a few small things that tie the series together, that MAKE it a series. There will be some common ground, no matter how tenuous. This can be a specific world, continent, city, solar system, galaxy, universe, government, society, or whatever. But, after that, the stories usually don’t have a great deal to do with each other.

Each book stands by itself, telling a whole story. This is not a type of series that works well with cliff-hangers or multiple book storylines, unless combined with another series/book type.

Pros:

The beginning planning for the series is usually limited to worldbuilding the environment, but not including any big plot points. As each book is a stand-alone, the big plot points are saved for the specific book planning. This can save time in the pre-planning.

Spontaneous ideas work well in this type of series.

The author has a lot of flexibility in the type of books they write, including style, characters, theme and general plots.

Stories are not tied down to strict ‘world rules’.

It would be easier for other authors to play in your ‘playground’, if the time comes. They can write stories without impacting anything you have done as long as they follow a few base ground-rules from the Series Bible.

Easy for new readers to jump into the series.

Since the plots are insular to the individual books, it is easy to stop and start the series at any time.

Cons:

If the readers become attached to characters, well, that’s too bad. Typically the characters aren’t going to show up again. The next story will be completely new.

It can be harder to build an audience since the reader can’t be sure they will like the next book as it will likely be different from the one they read and liked.

The author runs the risk of not creating a strong enough tie between the stories to find, gain and maintain a constant readership. This can be mitigated by good planning.

The books run the risk of not feeling like a series to the readers, which means many of the perks of writing a series are lost.

Branding such a series can present difficulties because of the lack of cohesion in the stories told within it.

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