I’m having quite the time figuring out the branding of my Sci-Fi universe. For the past few years I’ve been calling it the Star Saga, which is accurate in that the whole series follows multiple generations spread out over a thousand years, but doesn’t make it easy for the reader to understand. So I’m reorganizing the books once again for clarity.
This is part of branding my fiction and plays into how it gets advertised to readers. If the reader comes across one of my books I want her to know where that book fits into big picture and where to find the next book so she can continue the story. This is no easy task when confronted with the Star Saga. It was previously divided into three trilogies and then each of those trilogies became five books long, which technically means they are no longer trilogies. Then I added some short story anthologies to the mix and finally, a prequel series revolving around a single starship and its crew. The end result was mass confusion.
I’ve given up on the whole trilogy moniker and instead will start using “series”. So the Star Saga now contains four series each in a different time period and with a mostly different cast of characters. The next problem becomes what to number them. Some of the books are full on novels and some are novellas and the novellas come in between the novels. Currently the plan is to just number them in time order, regardless of whether they are novels or novellas. This will suggest reading order and when done, each series will be just five books long.
But what happens if I write another cool novella set in the middle somewhere? Then you can’t just redo all the book covers in the series. Do I say Book 2.5 in the series? Then later I write another related novella and call it 2.1 and that one comes before 2.5? So I think I’ll only number the main trilogy of three books. That’s the main arc of the story and the lead characters. The novellas are fillers and smaller tales so they won’t get a number but they will be in a specific order that will be listed in this read order list. This lets me come back to the series and write another Devon Ardel novella that takes place before Devon’s Blade or After The Rising and as long as this one page is updated the reader will know the time order of the book.
Below is the latest incarnation of the Star Saga broken down into four series. I will put a page that shows this breakdown in every book going forward and hopefully by next year they will all have it and possibly a galaxy map. Although that has yet to be commissioned.
The Star Saga
Corvette (Starship Series, Book 1)
Seer of the Black Star (Starship Series, Book 2)
Pirate’s Lair (Starship Series, Book 3)
Tales From Ocherva, Vol 1 (Starforgers Series)
Starforgers (Starforgers Series, Book 1)
Devon’s Blade (Starforgers Series)
The Rising (Starforgers Series, Book 2)
The Blood Empress (Starforgers Series)
Counterattack (Starforgers Series, Book 3)
Trader Tales, Vol 1 (Starstrikers Series)
Starstrikers (Starstrikers Series, Book 1)
K’Nat Trap (Starstrikers Series)
XiniX (Starstrikers Series, Book 2)
Dark Wind (Starstrikers Series)
NexGen (Starstrikers Series, Book 3)
Anthology to be Named Later, Vol 1 (Starveyors Series)
Starveyors (Starveyors Series, Book 1)
OPFOR Vikens (The Starveyors Series)
Tripartite (Starveyors Series, Book 2)
Nor Alien I (The Starveyors Series)
Ancestors (Starveyors Series, Book 3)