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Suggestion/help needed with book series’ subtitles containing series numbers

How do you structure a book series?

How to plot a book series: 8 steps

  1. Find your Central Idea.
  2. Brainstorm key plot points for each book.
  3. List ideas for each book’s end goal and the series.
  4. Decide on the broad setting of your series.
  5. Study successful series’ plot structure for insights.
  6. Brainstorm characters who will carry your series.

What should a subtitle include?

The 5 Attributes of a Good Subtitle

  • Contextual. A good subtitle provides context for the title.
  • Attention-Holding. The title grabs people’s attention.
  • Searchable. If a great title is memorable, a great subtitle is searchable.
  • Easy to Read and Say.
  • Short and Specific.

How do you title a series of books?

5 Tips for Great Series Titles

  1. Search Engines. The title must be easy for search engines to find.
  2. Character Name v. Topical Titles.
  3. General enough, yet specific enough.
  4. Short, snappy.
  5. Fun.

How do you format a book title and subtitles?

Book titles are italicized. The book title is italicized; the title of the article or essay is enclosed in quotations.

5 discusses exceptions to the rules.

  1. Rules for capitalizing are strict.
  2. Separate a subtitle with a colon and a space.
  3. Italicize titles of larger works like books, periodicals, databases, and Web sites.

What makes a successful book series?

Series are all about your characters. These are the book people your readers are coming back to see. They must be compelling, unique, and engaging to such a degree that readers really care about them, worry about their troubles, and want to see them get what they need.

How do you make a good series?

Plotting a Book: How To Structure Your Series

  1. Step #1: Map Out the Plot.
  2. Step #2: Create a Detailed Outline.
  3. Step #3: Create a tantalizing setting.
  4. Step #4: Develop rich characters.
  5. Step #5: Ensure continuity and consistency.
  6. Step #6: Get to writing.
  7. Step #7: Time for editing.

What are the rules for subtitles?

Subtitling Tips

  • When a subtitle is longer than 42 characters, break it into two lines.
  • Never use more than two lines per subtitle.
  • Keep broken lines as close in length as possible.
  • Keep ‘linguistic wholes’ together when breaking lines.
  • Keep the subtitle reading speed at a maximum of 21 characters / second.

What are standard subtitling guidelines?

Subtitles should be kept within shot changes parameters by 2 frames either side. Spoken dialogue and subtitle or line breaks should follow the rhythm of speech for readability reasons. Reading speeds should be maximum 250 words per minute for adult content and maximum of 180 words per minute for youth content.

How can I make my subtitles look good?


  1. High contrast between text and background.
  2. Avoid presenting too much text onscreen at one time.
  3. Use a large enough text size.
  4. Ensure accuracy, especially for subtitles that are produced before voice acting is recorded.
  5. Ensure subtitles cover all important dialogue, and can be turned on before any need to be displayed.

What are 4 books in a series called?

A tetralogy (from Greek τετρα- tetra-, “four” and -λογία -logia, “discourse”) is a compound work that is made up of four distinct works.

How many books should be in a book series?

A book series can be two books or 50 books and counting. It all depends on what type of story you’re telling and how long it takes you to tell that story. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of planning and creating a book series, along with a few things you should keep in mind.

What is the ideal number of books in a series?

If you had to come up with a number, only 3% of the readers thought a series should last between 10 to 15 books. 6% thought 3 to 5 was the perfect series length. A much larger 12% decided 5 to 10 books was just right.