How to Plan and Market a Series Novel

  • Richardson Public Library 900 Civic Center Drive Richardson, TX, 75080 United States

"How to Plan and Market a Series Novel" with Brian W. Smith

Have you wondered if your novel has the potential for a sequel? Or, have you encountered setbacks while planning your novel? In this talk, Brian W. Smith will guide you on how to approach planning a series of novels and address how to sell them. Whether you have a series novel in mind or need experienced advice for marketing your novels, Mr. Smith’s talk is a must listen.

Brian W. Smith is the award winning, best selling author of fifteen novels to include: QUAGMIRE, DEADBEAT, Nina's Got a Secret, and If These Trees Could Talk. He is also a lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing in Dallas.

In 2004, Brian endured a personal trauma that inspired him to write his first novel, Mama's Lies – Daddy's Pain. In 2005, he formed his publishing company, Hollygrove Publishing, and in 2006, self-published the semi-autobiographical novel. The novel became an immediate success, selling thousands of copies. Brian capitalized on that success by transitioning from a self-published author to an Independent Publisher of more than 20 novels for himself and other authors. In 2008, Brian scored his first Dallas Morning News Best Sellers with his novel, Nina's Got a Secret. Since then, he has written other critically acclaimed novels that have earned spots on the Dallas Morning News, Amazon, and Black Expressions best sellers lists. In 2011, he sold the rights to Nina's Got a Secret, to Strebor/Simon and Schuster.

Brian has been named Male Author of the Year by multiple review organizations: OOSA Reviewers, 2012 and AAMBC, 2011; and has been a Featured Author at numerous Literary Events (e.g., National Book Club Conference, National Black Book Festival, etc.).

When Brian is not writing novels, traveling to literary events, and meeting with book clubs nationwide (on average, 20 clubs a year), he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing. Brian is a native of New Orleans, LA and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area.


The Writers Guild of Texas presents Guest Speaker / Program meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Basement Program room of the Richardson Public Library. Visitors are welcome to attend.