Look at the difference your ‘write series fiction’ questions made!

Last week, I asked folks to throw their toughest questions about writing series fiction at me. And I posted my tentative class plan for bringing out How to Write a Series, Version 2, to show you what I was already planning on answering.
Original Class ConceptThe response I got was tremendous. Fantastic, intelligent, well-thought-out, and in some cases, really frustrated questions.

Your questions completely changed the way I was looking at the class and at what needed to be in it. I’ve been working nonstop since then, figuring out how to create the class YOU need, how to fit everything in, how to make this a great experience that will teach you to take your series fiction where it needs to go.

I wanted to make sure I answered every question inside of a lesson, so I:

  • copied out all the questions,
  • sorted them into categories,
  • put them into the order you have to learn this
  • based on what you have to know first…
  • and what builds on what you’ve learned before


And this is what I came up with…

The updated class diagramYou can see from the NEW diagram that getting the answers to all of your questions into the class added an extra month and a half of lessons.

I know that the diagram is tough to read if you’re on a mobile device, have visual difficulties, don’t have a big screen, or just don’t like looking at big images. So I also added…

The Downloadable Course Plan

How to Write a Series Course Plan
How to Write a Series Course Plan

This is a PDF with the complete outline in text format, so it will be machine-readable, if that’s a consideration.

Your questions affected every lesson but the first four (three of which which were already done).

They will affect the price of the class, too. The final price will be somewhat higher because of the extra month and a half of lessons.

It will not affect the introductory price of the class.

Here’s what I said in the first email I sent out on opening How To Write A Series: VERSION 2:

When the class is completed, it’s going to sell
for $377, or five monthly payments of $77/month.
(Assuming I don’t get a lot of questions that require
me to make it longer).

When I open it for … ah … Splinter-Hardy
Writers, you and I are both acknowledging that
you’re getting good, battle-tested information
in imperfect, gonna-have-to-be-revised
first draft.

It also means that if you ask a killer question
in the class while I’m building the course, your
question may be answered by a lesson which
will expand the size of the class, but not the
amount you pay for it.


You aren’t going to pay the final price,
whether it’s $377 or more.

For the folks who don’t own it already, however,
if you join when I open the class to new

You’ll pay either $40/month for five months, or $197 total. No matter how big the class gets.

So let’s talk about price, because I know it’s a huge consideration.

The folks who get in early get the price I promised in the email.

I said it, I meant it, and if you buy early, you’ll get every in-version upgrade, addition, and update with no extra charge ever.

BUT there’s a price schedule:

  • Until Lesson 8 is published: $197 or $40/month for 5 months
  • Then until Lesson 12 is published: $267 or $55/month for 5 months
  • Then until Lesson 16 is published: $337 or $70/month for 5 months
  • Then until lesson 20 is published: $407 or $70/month for 6 months
  • Then the final price: $457 or $77/month for 6 months


I’m hoping to do the lessons at a pace of one per week. If I can hit all the deadlines, that will be a price bump every four weeks. When I don’t get derailed by WordPress eating my site (which is what crashed the progress in Version 1), I’m pretty good at hitting deadlines.

So figure you’ll have four weeks to get in before any price increase.

Folks who owned any version of the How to Write a Series EXPANSION already own VERSION 2.

The four-week free bonus mini-course at the end of How to Revise Your Novel DOES NOT count.

To find out if you already have the upcoming class, please check first to see if it’s in your classroom:


This is going to be launching REALLY soon. Keep an eye on your email for the How to Write a Series is LIVE! notice.

If you don’t get email from me and you want to secure the best price early, sign up here.


Big-Class Owners of How to Think Sideways and How to Revise Your Novel WILL GET the 20% Big Class Student discount on all prices of the class, up through completed final. You’ll have special discount purchase buttons in your classrooms.


ADDED around 8 PM:

I just discovered than in the PDF version (which I’m using to write the detailed course description for the registration page) I forgot to include the details on LESSON 24.


LESSON 24: Preventing Series Burn-Out: Your Readers’ and Yours

  • Twisting in New Directions
  • People You Thought You Knew
  • New Faces, New Places


I aplogize for the omission.

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17 responses to “Look at the difference your ‘write series fiction’ questions made!”

  1. Linda Avatar


    I am interested in writing a series of
    chapter books for children. I would love
    to take this course. But I’m wondering
    if the course is geared strictly for adult
    fiction. Would I be able to adapt it to
    children’s writing?

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Hi, Linda. The nice thing about writing is that the fundamentals of good storytelling apply to all genres. I work with a LOT of childrens and YA writers, many of whom are taking this class. So it will work for your sort of fiction, and you won’t be the only writer in there working on kid fiction. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Kathy Frost Avatar
    Kathy Frost

    I’m working on a series bible and a general idea of what will be in each book, so I’m doing the course over to refresh my memory and skills. LOL
    I can’t wait to start going through the updates. Thank you, Holly. And a P.S. You don’t know how many times I have been in an online writing group or class, and seen someone say, “According to Holly Lisle…” and “you have to take her course.”

  3. Kristi Simpson Avatar

    I wrote the first draft of book one in a planned trilogy (or longer if it works out). It needs a little help, and I’m super excited to get this class now before I go any further with the series.

    I love the way you put your classes together and confess to being a worksheet addict! I’ve got my notebook all set up and the first lesson worksheets printed out and ready to go.

    The way you treat us, your students, is amazing. You don’t have to give discounts, but you do. You don’t have to involve us, but again, you do. I hope you know how much you are appreciated. I believe all of us feel the same. Thank you for what you do!

    Now I have to curb excitement and get started on the course!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      That’s really kind of you, Kristi. I’ve decided to be the writer I wanted to find when I was getting started and then building my career.

  4. Lee-Ann Wallace Avatar


    That looks fantastic and couldn’t come at a better time.
    I have two open series and readers demanding a third spin-off series I haven’t been game to start because last time I planned a series I ended up with a plan for 20 books! (eek!). And one lesson a week will give me time to plan the new series while waiting for the new material and write books as I go.
    I’m so excited I’m bouncing in my seat.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle


  5. Tannille Avatar

    Thanks Holly, the outline looks pretty damn impressive.

    Will version two contain all the same information as version one only in a newer format? (I imagine new sign-up students won’t have access to old material).

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Will version two contain all the same information as version one only in a newer format?

      No. I’m doing a complete overhaul of the class. Everything I could reuse, I’ve already reused is lessons one and two.

      Lesson 3 was all new material, and the rest will be too.

  6. Alex G Zarate Avatar

    As is always the case, when I started HTRYN, life smacked me upside the head and flipped me for a loop, keeping me from enjoying the class as I hoped. (Thankfully, it is purchased so I can go back intermittently as I am able.) Of course, working on two series and now filling my noggin with a third has me drooling over your latest course. I may take another week or so, but I intend to snag the early price (Fingers crossed!) so I can dip into those waters at every spare moment.
    Thanks for everything Holly! I am thankful for all you have shared. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do this. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Juneta Avatar

    I”m excited it is back too. I really enjoyed the expansion last time. Are you still using Tales of the Longview for this course? I went back and downloaded them on my kindle and wanted to reread them to get a feel for series writing as you show us.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      I’ll still be using the Longview series. Have to finish it, and each episode is about the right length (theoretically, anyway).

      This time through, students will get all episodes included with the class. They’re lessons, and I wasn’t impressed with the effectiveness of Kindle exclusivity. So this time, I CAN just give students copies as part of the class.

  8. Marya Miller Avatar

    I am so ready for this as I finish Book Four first draft of my series.

    Planning to take the classes before I revise.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Cool. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve had the chance to read of your series, by the way. Really good stories.

      I just need more time. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the next episodes.

  9. Liz Avatar

    I am so excited for this class. I’ve been really enjoying HTRYN (although I’m a /bit/ behind) and I have always wanted to write a series, so this is perfect!

    1. Holly Avatar

      I’m putting together the registration page now.

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