Lately, I've been thinking about the different 'models' that writers seem to use when planning their series.
The Jordan Model: One continuous story that's done when (if) you get to the end.
The Eddings Model: One continuous story divided into a pre-determined number of books.
The Bujold/Card Model: More episodic story centered around the life of a single, interesting character.
The McCaffery Model: Episodic series with a general over-arching storyline, different books focusing on different viewpoint characters in the same world.
Now, so far I've always followed the Eddings or the Jordan model in my planned sequels. However, I've been thinking that I'd really like to launch a McCaffery style series. It would let me do what I like--develop new cultures and magics in every novel--yet at the same time give me the market benefit of a cohesive 'series.'
Thoughts? (I'm thinking of using the AETHER OF NIGHT world as a launching point for this series, in case you were wondering.)
Here's the thing: I've got this world idea (already have one book written in the setting) which involves a lot of different magical powers based on the same theme.
I think it would be nice to write a lot of books in the same world, but to have sub-series of them focusing on a given society (i.e., a given magic.)
Okay, folks. If you've been paying attention to the other thread I started here today, I've been working on a new series schema. I need a title for the overarching series, however.
I've been thinking of calling the series "The Aethers of Lore," with 'Lore' being the world name.
I'm not sure if I like this, though. I like 'Lore' because of the way it sounds, not necessarily because of its dictionary meaning. I've tried other iterations of the same sound, but none of them quite work. Lorr doesn't look right on the page, I think, and Lorre makes me think it should be pronounced 'Lory,' like the actor.
I wish I could get away with a sub-series name. ... Perhaps something like
CLIMB THE SKY
The Aethers of Lore:
Aether of Wind Trilogy, Book One.
Hum. I think I'll just go with 'Lor.' Sounds right, and I didn't Google any major fantasy series' that use the word. Can anyone think of a conflict?
As for CLIMB THE SKY--well, we'll see. I'm growing more and more attached to it. The story is, however, about flying magic, so I don't think that--in context--it will be as cheesy as one might originally assume without a cover or jacket blurb.