From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, I don’t think it’s any coincidence that some of the most influential and popular books of our time are part of a series. A book series is something that can draw you in for long periods of time, and something that can keep you excited to continue reading even once you’ve finished a book.

When I first decided to write Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare, I knew right away I wanted to continue writing about Crosley and John for years to come. Here’s why I think your book can benefit from becoming a series:

Your readers can grow up with the characters. If your character is ten years old in your first book, he has to keep growing up as you write. And as he grows up, so will your readers. This creates a deeper bond for the reader with your character—they always know that they can relate to their favorite character, no matter how old they get.

You can spend more time developing your characters. Thought you want to make your characters seem as real and human as possible in a stand-alone book, the more books you write about them, the more nuanced and flawed they can really become. This will in turn make them more memorable characters!

You can create a more interesting plot. The best part about a long series is when you can look back and see how the plot was being developed from the beginning. While each stand-alone book should have its own contained plot, the overall plot becomes more complex and interesting as you build it through the span of multiple books.

You’ll develop a deeper bond with your readers. Readers can’t wait to get their hands on a book they’ve been waiting on, and when it’s part of a series (and most likely scattered with cliffhangers) they’ll be even more excited to wait for the next one!

And because I know how hard it can be to wait for that next book after you’ve finished one, right now you can get my ENTIRE series of Night Buddies books with our Buy Two, Get One Free sale! Make sure you don’t miss out!

What are your favorite book series? Let me know in the comments below!