I have two series I'm currently working on. My first series has complete plot outlines for the first five novels. The 6th has more flexibility so I've yet to decide on anything for certain. I have another two books planned out slightly and have ambitions to continue in one fashion or another. The next series has two books basically written, but I'm conflicted on an issue. I put this series on the back burner, while I work on the other one, but I could easily stretch or end the series as I see fit. My current goal is to finish world building for the first eight books of my series. That means detailed character analysis, defined infrastructure, etc. Before I release any books or attempt to be published I want to finish 3/8 books in my first series (4th book is my favorite, so wish to spend time on it) and 2/X of my other series. Why? By having multiple books already completed I can space out the release dates. I'll have five novels, for comparison, to provide to beta-readers and myself. Less mistakes, more linear plot, and a better overall review. I also feel that publishers would view an author with multiple works completed with a touch more professional respect. After all part of the risk for a publisher is investing in an author who may not continue what was expected of them. So what do all of you think? Are there reasons to not be patient? I'm not in any rush. I'd rather make sure that everything I produced was done to the best of my ability before release. No editorial issues for this guy. I'm also wondering if it would just be better to self-publish. Some of the benefits of traditional publishing seem mitigated by my willingness to do the work myself. I know how to market, I have no issue editing, I have access to a large quantity of beta-readers, etc. Also, opinions of spacing out release dates and having multiple series running at the same?