We're editing the book review section of the July/August issue this week, and I'm astounded and consternated (a word I learned in said editing) by the number of reviews that end with some variation of "readers will look forward to/have to wait for/be left hanging until the third/fourth/fifth book of this series." Here are my questions for publishers: how risky is publishing the first book in what will necessarily be a series? What do you do if volume one gets an underwhelming response, or if volume three, say, bites? Are series ever quietly dropped and left dangling?
My questions are perhaps only in part prompted by the review haul--the truth is I am worried about just how they are going to tie up the many, many loose ends on what used to be my favorite show, Alias, tomorrow night. But I'll be missing it!--I'm at BEA tomorrow and Friday. I hope to see some of you there and to bring back some good dirt for the rest.