Context clues that a series is in the works

7 years later and every time I read this, I think “Nailed It!” Every one of these has come to pass. Series continue to be the hot format this last decade. Not all of them are good, though. In fact, it’s fair to say that there’s a glut of series in the market now. Romance writing tends to go from glut to glut, have you noticed? What will be the next trend after series? Also, the whole alpha male thing is glutted, as well. The next trend would have to be antithetic — like nerds in love or something.

  1. the hero/heroine has lots of close friends/relatives who figure prominently in the story
  2. comments about friends’/relatives’ love lives are interspersed throughout the story
  3. sometime during the story, a gauntlet is thrown down about how the F/R will fare when they (3a) meet their soul mate; (3b) meet their match
  4. F/R declares that they will never fall in love then become sappy and swoony about it
  5. F/R declares that they want someone completely different from the person their friend fell in love with
  6. F/Rs of hero/heroine are thrown together
  7. F/Rs of hero/heroine have a history
  8. F/R is due to do business with someone who will turn out to be a love interest
  9. hero/heroine inform on one F/R to another F/R
  10. hero/heroine take on yenta duties
  11. an elder character or authority figure character takes on yenta duties

 

The Festering Blurb:Bursting Open w/Pungent Prose

 
 
 

 

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