In my last post, I spoke about the Dire Universe’s expansion in terms of creating a team going forward. Now, let’s talk about why that’s necessary. Each subsequent book in the story, except for volume V, has grown in characters, expressed POVs, locations, world-building, and plotlines. But other than more robust books, what does it mean? In short, it means more books.
At one point, long ago, I considered making this series about fifteen books long. I’ve since then changed my mind. If you take the industry average of books, 300 pages or 90,000 words, each of my novels thus far is easily double that. As of now, I’m eyeing eight or nine volumes to the Dark Legacy Series, depending on how the story plays out. If I wrote eight at the average of 200,000 words per book, it’s about sixteen novels’ worth of story. So, I guess, in the end, I will be writing that many.
But the rich world of Ermaeyth goes beyond the main series, and I’ve branched out with other characters and ideas to make a more encompassing saga. When the main series ends, there will be other characters and spin-offs to accompany them. As of now, I’m crafting ideas for a one-shot prequel novel, a sequel trilogy, a sequel series, and a few other notions percolating on the back burner. All in all, within Ermaeyth, I’m looking at fifteen books so far, and probably more.
However, this doesn’t account for the other books I’m writing that aren’t set in Ermaeyth. There’s The Demon’s Fate and subsequent sequels, The Dark Portal, and the THOLAC series, with many others also vying for their time to come to light. Whether they take shape in the form of novels or novellas remains to be determined. I’ve also considered a serialized short stories to bring more content to my readers. This said, my number one concern is always quality over quantity, so this, too, will shape the future of my shared universe.
That’s it for this round, short and sweet. I shall return…
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