Susan Page Davis commented on Becky’s January 21st post: “I would like to know if JoAnne ever ‘extends’ a Heartsong series. I've had people ask me to write the stories of secondary characters in my Heartsongs, but I usually consider a 3-set complete. I do remember Cathy and Kelly Hake doing 6 or 7 books in the Chance series, I think. Is this something you would consider—say 3 more books connected to a trilogy that was well received?”
The Chance books by Cathy Marie Hake, Kelly Eileen Hake, and one by Tracey Bateman were before my time with Heartsong, but according to Becky, “Something about the Chance family really connected with the readership so we kept the books coming.”
I would certainly consider doing something like that again if we see have many readers begging for stories to continue about a particular group of characters. The key word there is many. I occasionally get requests like this. But I have yet to see feedback flooding in for a specific series to continue. I realize I don’t know every bit of feedback because many readers contact authors directly. So, I’ll leave it up to you guys to let me know if you are getting lots of requests for an “extended series.” Then I’ll consider that along with any feedback I might have heard and make a decision.
Sound good? Bottom line is, extending a series is definitely something I’d consider but only if there’s plenty of good reason for it.
I hope that answers your question, Susan. As Becky promised, a free book will be coming your way!
This topic made me remember what a fan I used to be of the Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin. That sure was an extended series! I couldn’t get enough of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jessi, and Mallory. And the series continued long after I grew out of them! I think I stopped reading at about Book #70, but the website says the series stopped at Book 131. Not to mention all the super specials, mysteries, and other spin-off series. Wow.