When (And How) To End a Series

by Kassandra Lamb

Today I’m guest posting over at Jami Gold’s blog, with some thoughts on when it is time to end a book series. (Note to My Readers: don’t panic; it’s not time yet after all.)

When (And How) To End a Series


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I’m currently working on Book 9—what I thought would be the last book—in my Kate Huntington Mystery series (Readers: I think I’ve changed my mind—more on this in a bit).

When a writer sets out to write a series, often there’s no set number of books in mind. The vague thought is that we’ll keep writing as long as readers are reading and we’re still coming up with story ideas.

But everything has to come to an end some time. When should a writer stop a series? Here are my thoughts on possible reasons to say “the end,” based on my own ruminations about winding down the Kate series. Read More…


Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological suspense series, set in her native Maryland, and a new series, the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida.

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  • Reply
    Jami Gold
    November 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for exploring this topic with us, Kass! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      You’re very welcome. It helped clarify my own thoughts.

  • Reply
    Kirsten Weiss
    November 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I really struggled with ending my Riga Hayworth series, but I felt the character arc had gone where it was supposed to, and it was time to pass the torch. Saying goodbye was bittersweet!

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    November 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    It really is, Kirsten. I feel like I’m seeing off really good friends who are moving to China!

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