So, I have this massive fantasy story worked out, around three novels worth, and defiantly equally as many books worth in back story. But, as many have pointed out, nobody wants to take a chance o an unknown author, especially if it is a trilogy. My question is, do you think it is a good idea to take some of the back story and make them into short stories? You know, events that are only there to enrich the trilogy to begin with, or do you think that would ruin trilogy instead? The aim to garner interest in my trilogy before the trilogy is finished. The trilogy is written in third person, but I think it would be interesting to write the short stories in first person; kind of like a journal or a diary of a character that is not in the main story.