References & Resources



Thanks for reading How To Write A Successful Series! Please find the complete (and clickable) reference list below, as well as the recommended resources from the book.


Aaron, Rachel. 2017. 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. Published independently.

Altair, Zara. 2019. “Supercharge Your Author Career with a Series.” February 12, 2019.

Atwood, Margaret. 1981. “Spelling” in True Stories. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Bach, Richard. 1974. A Gift of Wings. New York: Dell.

Breaking Bad. 2013. Season 5, episode 16, “Felina.” Directed by Vince Gilligan. Aired September 29, 2013, on AMC.

Bridgeport Herald. 1897. “At The Theatres.” November 21, 1897. Google News Archive

Cannon, Sarra. 2018. “How to Write a Best-Selling Series (and What Is an Anchor Series?)” Heart Breathings. March 14, 2018.

Cannon, Sarra. 2020. “How to Create a Series Bible (How to Plan & Write a Series, #4)”. Heart Breathings. July 30, 2020.

Collins, Suzanne. 2008. The Hunger Games. New York, New York: Scholastic Inc.

Diterlizzi, Tony, and Holly Black. 2003. The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda’s Secret. New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.

Estes, David. 2022. Email interview with Helen Scheuerer. David’s website:

Faulkner, William. 1956. The Paris Review. Issue 12, Spring 1956.

Fayet, Ricardo. 2021. How to Market a Book: Overperform in a Crowded Market (Reedsy Marketing Guides). Published independently.

Forsyth, Kate. 2014. “Ghostwriting, Crime writing, tips from HarperCollins editors and bestselling author Kate Forsyth”. So You Want to be a Writer. July 14, 2014.

Fox, Chris. 2015. 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter. Chris Fox Writes LLC.

Fox, Chris. 2016. Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books. Chris Fox Writes LLC.

Fox, Chris. 2016. Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells. Independently published.

Fox, Chris. 2019. “Flagship Series with Chris Fox” at Sell More Books Show Summit.

Gaiman, Neil. 2004. “Pens, Rules, Finishing Things and Why Stephin Merritt Is Not Grouchy.” Neil Gaiman’s Journal. May 2, 2004.

Gaiman, Neil. 2011. “My New Year Wish.” Neil Gaiman’s Journal. December 31, 2011.

Game of Thrones. 2014. Season 4, episode 8, “The Mountain and the Viper.” Directed by Alex Graves. Aired June 1, 2014, on HBO.

Game of Thrones. 2017. Season 7, episode 1, “Dragonstone”. Directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Aired July 16, 2017, on HBO.

Goins, Jeff. 2017. “Stop Trying to Be Famous and Build a Body of Work Instead.” Jeff Goins. December 16, 2017.

Hartinger, Brent. 2017. “Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments.” Writer’s Digest. December 3, 2017.

Hobb, Robin. 1995. Assassin’s Apprentice. New York, New York: Del Rey.

Holiday, Ryan. 2015. “The Strategies That Helped Me Write 3 Books in 3 Years.” Ryan Holiday. March 30, 2015.

Hunt, Crystal. 2019. Strategic Series Author: Plan, Write and Publish a Series to Maximize Readership & Income. The Creative Academy.

Jackson, Peter, director. 2001. The Fellowship of the Ring. New Line Cinema.

Johnson, Elana M. 2021. Writing and Launching a Bestseller. AEJ Creative Works.

Johnson, Elana M. 2020. Writing and Marketing Systems. AEJ Creative Works.

King, Stephen. 2000. On Writing. London, England: Hodder & Stoughton.

King, Stephen. 2003. The Gunslinger. Viking Penguin.

Kristoff, Jay. 2018. Godsgrave. London, England: Harper Voyager.

Labrecque, Tammi L. 2018. Newsletter Ninja: How to Become an Author Mailing List Expert. Newsletter Ninja.

McLinn, Patricia. 2021. “Discovery Writing And Sustaining A Long-Term Writing Career With Patricia McLinn.” The Creative Penn. May 24, 2021.

Lucas, George, director. 2002. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Episode II). 20th Century Studios.

Maas, Sarah J. 2018. Throne of Glass. New York: Bloomsbury.

Martelle, Craig. 2018. Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream. Craig Martelle Inc.

Martelle, Craig. 2019. Pricing Strategies: Maximize your bottom line for long-term financial health. Craig Martelle Inc.

Martin, George R.R. 2014. A Dance with Dragons. London: Harper Voyager.

MasterClass Staff. 2021. “Writing 101: Foreshadowing Definition, Examples of Foreshadowing, and How to Use Foreshadowing in Your Writing.” MasterClass. August 25, 20201.

McKee, Robert. 2014. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. London: Methuen.

Morris, Mary. 1990. “Margaret Atwood, The Art of Fiction No. 121.” The Paris Review, Winter 1990.

Penn, Joanna. 2016. The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey. Curl Up Press.

Pratchett, Terry in Hertz, Sue. 2016. Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling. CQ Press.

Puglisi, Becca, and Angela Ackerman. 2017. The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. JADD Publishing.

Rosett, Sara. 2020. How to Write a Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips and Marketing Tactics. United States: McGuffin Ink.

Rothfuss, Patrick. 2007. The Name of the Wind. New York: DAW Books.

Rowling, J.K. 1997. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury.

Rucker, Christa. 2004. “Keys to Great Endings.” FM Writers.

Sanderson, Brandon. 2009. “What Is the Cosmere®?” Brandon Sanderson. November 23, 2009.

Schwab, V.E. 2017. A Conjuring of Light. London: Titan Books.

Shannan, Krystal. 2022. Email interview with Helen Scheuerer. Krystal’s website:

Stephenson, Nick. 2022. Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle (2022 Edition). Your First 10,000 Readers.

Strawser, Jessica. 2010. “David Morrell & Ken Follett Talk About Writing.” Writer’s Digest. October 8, 2010.

Weiland, K.M. 2013. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. Scottsbluff, Nebraska: PenForASword Publishing.

Weiland, K.M. 2016. Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development. Scottsbluff, Nebraska: PenForASword Publishing.

Wendig, Chuck. 2018. “Why Writing A Series (Especially As A New Author) Is Really Goddamn Hard.” Terrible Minds. August 27, 2018.

York, Zoe. 2019. Romance Your Brand: Building a Marketable Genre Fiction Series. ZoYo Press.

York, Zoe. 2020. Romance Your Plan: Taking Genre Fiction Marketing to the Next Level. ZoYo Press.

Recommended Resources






Marketing & Publishing

Starting from Zero (David Gaughran’s free course):

K-lytics Market Reports:


Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula 101 Course:\

Your Author Business Plan: Take Your Author Career to the Next Level by Joanna Penn

Story Templates/Formula/Outlining

Derek Murphy’s One-Page Novel Plot Outline (based on the three-act structure): 

Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (has templates for a variety of genres)

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes



Brandson Sanderson’s Laws of Magic: 

Fantasy worldbuilding questions: 



Inkarnate (map designing tool): 

Favourite Writing Craft Resources

Jenna Moreci’s YouTube Channel

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass

Better Writers Series by Sacha Black

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

Now Novel blog: 

Well Storied blog: