So say you wanted to be a writer, a published author, the kind of person who makes a living writing books. You’ve decided that the ideal life involves working at home in your PJ’s, that getting up around 10 and writing a couple of novels a year is the way to go. Sure the pickings are slim, the bank account will always be lean to bare, and there’s precious guarantee when it comes to long term success or health insurance or most other things, but that’s what you want to be: a writer.

If you want to live off the income generated from writing, it’s hard to avoid the fact that the big bucks (relatively speaking) are made in writing a series. Think Harry Potter, think Twilight, think the Dresden Files or Charlaine Harris’ True Blood book. Name recognition translates into brand recognition, and the snowball affect