Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Writing a Continuity Story By Laura Scott

Good morning authors and readers! I'm here to talk about the amazing, frustrating, exciting, nerve-wracking yet infinitely rewarding job of writing a continuity story for Love Inspired Suspense!

Here's a brief recipe:

First - Review the story overview provided by the editorial staff. You see, editors get together and come up with an idea for an eight book continuity series. They not only figure out each book's basic plot but then come up with an overarching story line to be threaded throughout the entire series. I believe the overview for this series was about 50 pages long.

Next - Get invited to participate with a fabulous group of highly talented authors!

Third - Discuss the plot ideas that work and those that don't and agree to make changes. Mind you this is the most time-consuming part of the baking process. This may sound easy but in reality takes hours and hours and e-mails upon e-mails. A change in one book can ripple down the entire series so we don't make changes lightly!

Fourth - Do more edits and validate Every. Single. Detail. With your fellow authors!

Finally your cake - or ahem - book is ready to be consumed by a slew of happy readers. And it's calorie free! How great is that?



I'm pleased to introduce the seventh book in the Military K-9 Unit continuity series! I have to say that this series was particularly challenging because we wanted to get the military details correct. Any errors are completely my own! And I will say, in this book I think I have more dogs than people!



8 comments:

  1. Looks like a great story! Love those K-9s! Congrats to you and to all the authors in the continuity.

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  2. Hi, Laura. It sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. How cool it must be to work with other authors in a continuity series. That K-9 series has the best covers. Of course I'm a dog lover so they really appeal to me. Best of luck with the book.

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  3. Thanks for the post! I always wondered how the continuity series ideas came about. What fun! This sounds like an awesome read. Congrats on the new release!

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  4. I'm reading it right now, Laura. It is so good.

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  5. Thanks everyone. Sorry the post was delayed, totally my fault. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Thanks for sharing a behind the scenes glimpse into how these series come out. I love reading one and catching references to a character whose story I haven't had a chance to read yet :)

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  7. I concur with Laura this was a challenging series but it was worth the work. Learning about the Air Force was fascinating. I love this cover!

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  8. Great cover! I love doing continuities :)

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