Writing a Serial – The Saga Continues

In August I wrote a post about the trials of beginning my journey into serialised fiction. I learned a lot from the process, and the result of those lessons meant I had a few decisions to make about the future of the Collective.

In short, I had to rethink my whole plan. I still believe it will make a good serial, it just needs a stronger foundation before the group can come together and share their adventures. I’m sure readers will appreciate the time to familiarise themselves with the characters – all thirteen of them.

It’s for that reason I’ve decided to give each character their own novel. Yes, that’s thirteen books (at least) before the collective can be formed. By that time, readers will know the history, will be familiar with the world itself, and regular episodes will complement the series as a whole.

So, since the first novel won’t be ready until February 2017, and I promised a release this month, I wrote a novella – Badge of Honour – featuring Maddison Wood from the Fractured series. I will be releasing that Christmas week, and I’m excited about it.

I’m also excited about the fact that I have a new image of Maddy to share with you. I’ve been working with Magical Designs to create covers for The Collective, and The Fractured. Bekah Reece sketched Maddy for me, and I’ll be using her for future covers because she looks fantastic.

Yes, I messed up my timing when it comes to the serial and the planners among you are probably shaking your head, but there’s a silver lining. So, here she is, my feisty witch with hair that will tie you up in knots…I give you Maddy…


I will be providing a sneak peak of Badge of Honour, and of course there will be a cover reveal coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by.



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Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

21 thoughts on “Writing a Serial – The Saga Continues

      1. My weakness is the new ones, especially if they have a strong voice, because I’m so easily distracted 😉 I’d rather have a head full of unruly characters though, than none at all!

    1. Not necessarily, but they will read better in order because that way a reader will get a feel for why the group eventually come together, and how their stories weave together. That said, they each have their own tale to tell, so by the time I get to a stage where the group are sharing their adventures, the familiarity will work whichever order they’re read in (I hope!) 🙂

      1. I guess it’s more like an ordinary series until the characters are more established. Not everyone would do it that way, and a writer skilled in creating serials (or a better writer 😉 wouldn’t need to. It just makes sense to me. The serial will come into play when I can write weekly episodes featuring the entire team and readers won’t get confused by so many people they don’t know! It’s like fans of your series – if you started doing a weekly serial of the gangs’ current adventures – a weekly fix for those who don’t want to wait for a novel – then readers will find it easy to follow along and get caught up in storylines that are bite-sized in nature.
        What I should have done is started small! If I had the time I’d write a serial about a detective and give him a weekly case to solve!

      2. I think I get it. You have the big book series and then a serial when they’ve been established. This kind of reminds me of a fantasy series from way back called ‘The Harpers’. Based on Dungeons & Dragons, this dealt with a group of heroes and their associates that tried to maintain peace in the kingdoms. Every book focused on a different hero, team up, or threat. So it was a full novel with only the organization, world, and a few cameos that carried over.

  1. Love the image, Mel. What a character! And I can’t believe how much your original plan ballooned. That’s how it goes, though, innit. My original [still unpublished] novel of early man is now about 6 books, following man’s evolution to where we are today. It’s fun.

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