When you're writing a series, it's a good idea to have a single sentence that can describe the whole series. "It needs to not be complicated," he says.
|Kevin, with ice cream|
He asks why we love series:
We love to read about characters over and over again, and we love to watch them grow and change.
"In real life, we tend to change in increments. What you get to do in a series is slowly evolve the character as you go along. You don't have to do a big switch."
All of the relationships in a book are dials that you can adjust. You don't have to attend to them all in a single book. "It's a little bit more realistic to how we operate on a day to day basis," he says.
Series also allow for big stories. Sometimes, the fate of the world is at stake.
How Kevin's first series came to be:
The books have come out in the Czech Republic, France, Spain, and Australia, among other places. He self-published a sixth book. (Just this week! Find more information here.)
With his next series:
He showed Katherine Tegen an idea, but it wasn't right for her. She asked what else he had, and he sent along the idea for the Atlanteans series. It had a lot of compelling elements: global warming, environmental degradation, dystopian/post-apocalyptic worlds. He brought three chapters and pitched a solid trilogy with an outline and sold it from the proposal.
"The way I have met editors has been by showing them single books. There is the question, 'What else do you have'?" And that's where the conversation turns to series.
About series proposals
Writing a good proposal is part of selling a book series. You want to sketch out the beginning in detail, and leave yourself room to get to know your characters better as you write. Include lots of information about the character, what he's going to do, and the world he inhabits.