When books in a series aren’t clearly numbered

It happens with movies too, but more often, it is a problem with novels. It’s one of my pet hates. I never want to read a book series out of order. Or watch a movie series out of its order. One reason is because it’s hard to follow what’s going on. Another reason is because there’s gonna be spoilers. And I HATE spoilers.

I understand that just naming them something like Jaws I, Jaws II, Jaws III, and Jaws IV is kinda boring and I’m all for variety – just as long as they make sure it is very clear which book in the series it is. And I mean VERY clear.

An author and YouTuber that I’m subscribed to announced the third and last book in her trilogy in a video that I watched last night and one of the first things I noticed was that each book had the title and author name. The covers looked great and the books are probably fantastic, but unless you watch her channel or follow her other forms of social media, you would have no clue where to start, or that they’re even part of a series. And there’s way too many books out there like this.

If I can’t figure out which book comes first, I won’t read them. That’s lost sales – not only for book one, but for the whole series. And I’m probably not the only reader to do this.

My advice to authors out there who are creating a series of stories for the world to enjoy, please, please, please put the book number on your covers!

Thanks in advance!

I hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know in the comments.


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