Okay before I forget, Kristen Lamb (fab and funny author of We Are Not Alone: A Writer’s Guide to Social Media–which you should all buy a copy of and read because she knows her stuff), has an awesome and hilarious post today about how Self Publishing is the America Idol of Publishing. Go read.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post.
I’ve heard of series bibles before. This is a compilation of information all about a world that authors create in order to keep themselves straight and not contradict themselves in future works in the series. It’s one of those things that I always thought sounded like a good idea, but lots of work, and I hadn’t actually WRITTEN a series yet, had I, so why put in the time? And seriously, I love these characters, these stories. How could I ever FORGET all those important details?
Well, here it is the beginning of 2011. Last year I put out two novellas, Forsaken by Shadow and Devil’s Eye as the start to my Mirus series. I’m winding up a short story set in the same world for a paranormal romance anthology releasing in March. I am 3/4ths finished with a third novella, Riven (3/4ths…that’s how much material I culled from that novel attempt from last year that I’m going to be able to actually USE! How cool is that?) that I hope to finish and release by summer. And my brain is hard at work weaving the plot strands and details for the first full length Mirus novel, Revelation. That’s 5 stories in the same universe. Not to mention the fragments of future novels and characters floating around in my brain.
That, combined with the fact that I couldn’t actually remember the name of the book that I wrote that started this series (the one that I declared DOA in 2009–it was Hunted in Shadow, in case you were wondering), was solid proof that I need to put together a series bible. Because, yes, you CAN forget the important details of your preciouses. My dad once forgot my birthday. It happens.
I’m envisioning sections for each book that list the major characters, with detailed profiles on each, as well as all the secondary characters that we might someday see again, with any salient information like, “dude is tall with green eyes and blond hair and can electrocute people”. A timeline organizing events that happen both in the books and outside. A glossary of my terms and races. And then separate sections dealing with the mythology of the world, as well as the politics of the different groups. This latter is particularly important given the massive changes in my metaplot. It’s all somewhat muddled in my brain, and I think I need to write out to really organize it so that I can remember crap.
Anybody done this? How did you organize yours?