There's nothing that deflates your new release excitement like a 1-star reviewer pointing out an error—especially you could have prevented it by taking better notes. One of the best ways to take those notes is with a series bible (also called a book bible).

What Is a Series Bible?

Whether you're writing a book or a series, you need a way to keep track of who's who, landmarks in the setting, and little details like your main character's eye color. A series bible is a guide tailored to your book or series, and it's the perfect way to organize these small details so you can easily refer back to them later.

How Does an Author Create a Series Bible?

There are as many methods for creating series bibles as there are for writing books. Some authors use index cards. Many keep everything in a spreadsheet on their computer. And others prefer writing everything down by hand in a journal they selected for this sole purpose.

We're trying to say that there's no right or wrong way to create a series bible. You should do what's most comfortable for you, no matter if you're using technology or traditional tools of the trade.

What Goes Into a Series Bible?

Just like there's no right or wrong way to create a series bible, there's also no set of hard and fast rules about what you have to include. A basic template for a series bible might consist of “chapters” for characters, settings, and important scenes, and then “sub-chapters” with breakdowns about relationships to other things in the book.

Does My Genre or Publishing Status Matter?

Yes. The short answer is that any book or series can benefit from this regardless of the genre. Whether you're self-pubbed or you have a contract with one of the Big Four, or you're a hybrid who falls somewhere in between, you need a series bible.

You aren't the only one who benefits from your series bible. Your editor and publisher will be happy that you put the work into creating it. Your audiobook narrator will appreciate it, too. Most importantly, your readers will be pleased that they aren't so distracted by minuscule errors that they feel the need to leave negative reviews about the book.

Are you ready to create a series bible? Sure, you are! And if you need help, then Novel Publicity has a team that's well-versed in creating this type of document. That's because most of us are authors like you, and we're all in this together.

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