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Starts September 14th, 2023

How to Write A Book Series That Doesn't Get Stale


Writing a Book Series:
The Ideal Way to Establish or Expand Your Career

Writing a book series can feel like a daunting task, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Gift yourself a built-in audience by cultivating a loyal fanbase eager for every new release. Make the creation of each new book faster and easier using established lore, world-building and characters. Satisfy your creative cravings with long-term storytelling, and build your own stable of Intellectual Property that can serve you well for years – or even decades – to come.

Because when a new reader falls in love with Book One, it's only natural for them to move right on to Book Two and beyond...

And the best part is that right now you only need one good idea! What seems like a compelling single novel may actually be the spark that ignites a grand legacy.

Covering everything from the basic demands of a series – whether you're writing Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance, or more – all the way through to creating an instantly recognizable brand, Beyond the First Book is here to help you get your series off the ground and into readers' hearts.

Your Hosts

Serial Storywriters

Daniel Kaplan

Join our expert story coach, Daniel, for compelling lessons and additional live sessions throughout the month.

Live session dates and times for the September cohort are:
Session 1 -  Thursday, September 14th at 7 pm ET
Session 2 - Thursday, September 21st at 7pm ET
Session 3 - Thursday, September 28th at 7pm ET
Session 4 - Thursday, October 5th at 7pm ET

Rayne Hall

Author of the Writer's Craft series and editor of several short story anthologies, Rayne Hall has crafted several modules and exercises to take you through the entire short story process from start to finish. These modules are self-paced and can be accessed at any time. 

If you can't make it to a session, don't worry recordings will be uploaded for you to enjoy at your own pace alongside the rest of the course!  
From solo to series

Create a Spectacular Series with Expert Guidance


Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

Delve into the intricacies of crafting a captivating book series, navigating from standalone stories to a cohesive series that continues to captivate readers entry after entry.

Discover the art and psychology of character-driven narratives, construct a compelling plotline, amplify tension, harness your authorial voice, and learn the components of a triumphant series that keeps audiences begging for the next book.

Whether you're a seasoned wordsmith aiming to polish your expertise or a newbie to series writing, the immersive live sessions and comprehensive assignments of "Beyond the First Book" will equip you with the methodologies and skills to bring your series vision to life with unmatched impact.

Beyond the first book

Explore the Full Curriculum


In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll :

  • Explore the different expectations of series in various genres, including Thriller, Fantasy, Romance and more.
  • Determine if your standalone book is a prime candidate for an expanded series or better left on its own.
  • Brainstorm possibilities for expansion of your existing books into a compelling series.

  • Discover how to plan a series, even if you are a pantser at heart.
  • How to carve out a hero’s journey that spans several books.
  • Effective methods for ensuring each book in your series never feels repetitive or stale.
  • Keeping your story straight through series structure, even as you explore brave new ideas and surprising twists.

  • Methods for crafting recurring characters that audiences can’t wait to revisit again and again.
  • How to brainstorm different parts of your book series and add new adventures that aren’t contrived or out of place.
  • Techniques for creating a reference bible to keep you organized as you create your series.

  • How to determine your release schedule for your series.
  • Using a series to benefit your marketing and building a fanbase.
  • Creating spinoffs and using your series as a funnel for your career.

Bring Your Series Idea to Life

Write Better Series Than Ever Before

Series Writing

4 complete modules to help you craft the perfect series, featuring video lessons, live classes and module assignments.

Creative Supplements

Access to supplements and examples for key learning.


Easy-to-follow worksheets, including our full Character Creator to help shape the people of your story.

Writing Prompts

50 amazing writing prompts to fire up your imagination.

Member Community

AutoCrit's Member Community network - so you can connect with like-minded authors and attend member exclusive live events!

Access to AutoCrit Pro

Full access to AutoCrit Pro for 30 days! Enjoy complimentary access to our comprehensive writing and editing platform.

Writers Love Our Courses... And You Will Too

Daryl M.​
Daryl M.​Author
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The guest speakers alone are worth the price of admission. It’s like a writer’s convention in your home. Well worth the time, effort, and investment. ​
Joseph P.
Joseph P.Author
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I’ve never felt so welcome and valued in a course before. Both teachers and students were so graceful towards one another from start to finish.​
M.R. Hartman
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Excellent quality, filled with recommendations, advice and content, as promised. There was a LOT more added into it than I was expecting to receive. What an eye opener this was for me!
Jared S.
Jared S.Author
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These courses are helping me build my confidence and skill as a writer. I love that I keep access to the materials after the class is finished.
Megan L.
Megan L.Author
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Love the efficiency and value of the course. The offline work paired with the lessons, then reinforced by the live class, in addition to real-time instructor/student feedback.

Enjoy 30 Days of AutoCrit Pro Membership with Your Purchase

Also included in your Beyond the First Book course access is 30 days of full AutoCrit Pro membership.

As a Pro member, you get complete access to the AutoCrit writing and editing platform so you can plan, write, and perfect your new stories.

It's an extra layer of love for your course experience.

Activities, Guests, And Hours Of Content

The AutoCrit Community

Alongside the Beyond the First Book course content, you’ll also receive access to our members-only community forums.

Chat about all things writing, share your work, engage in creative writing activities with like-minded authors, and more.

Get involved, ask questions and get accountability with weekly check-in events, as well as checkout our genre clubs and member only events.

If you miss an event, don’t worry – recordings are posted for community members, offering hour after hour of expertise for you to enjoy as soon as you log in.

our promise to you

100% Money Back Guarantee

Beyond the First Book is a deep, thoughtful, and jam-packed course with a complete look at crafting series.
We think you'll love it.

But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout the course has helped make you a better series author, we’re not going to just leave in you in a cliffhanger. Your purchase is an investment in your skills as a writer – so it’s only fair you expect an improvement in your abilities.

If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund.

Register Now: Course Begins September 14th!