Last month we talked about series that ended too soon. But a new year is a time for new beginnings, so we want to share some of our favorite series that have gotten a second life through self-publishing. If you primarily read e-books you may not have even noticed a difference, but the transition to self-publishing generally means books are only available online. So if you prefer to shop in a brick and mortar store you may have thought these series were gone for good. As always, we’re here to help.
In some cases, the self-published books begin a spin off series in the same world with characters who carry over:
Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series began a new story arc with Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy #1.) The third book is due out later this year.
Rachel Vincent continues her Shifters world in the Wildcats series, which began with Lion’s Share, but the new series is PNR (with different main characters in each book) while the original was UF. The third Wildcats book released last month.
And some authors just pick up right where they left off:
Jaye Wells released Volatile Bonds, the latest in her Kate Prospero series, one of my all-time faves, last fall. (Check out Amy’s review.)
Amanda Bonilla began self-publishing the Shaede Assassin series with 2014’s Against the Dawn and released Shadows at Midnight the following year. (Read my review.) We hope she’ll get a break in her busy schedule to give us a book six soon.
Book four of Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, Arcana Rising, was the first self-published installment (check out Chelsea’s review) with another due out next month. Chelsea’s really excited about that one.
Dakota Cassidy began self-publishing her Accidentals series in 2015 with Accidentally Aphrodite and has released six more installments since.
The practice seems to be much less common with YA books, but Shanna Swendson self-published books two and three in her Rebel Mechanics series. I loved the first book (read my review) so I’m thrilled that she got to continue the series.
I think these books represent a growing trend in the adult market though, since even more series are transitioning this year. This month Lisa Shearin releases the first self-published installment in her SPI Files series, The Myth Manifestation. Jennifer Estep will self-publish the next Elemental Assassin book, Venom in Her Veins, this Spring, and Jennifer Ashley plans a self-pub Shifters Unbound book Tiger Striped in May.