The current issue of the New Yorker (April 11 2011) has an article on George R.R. Martin, focusing on the reaction of his fans to the delays in completion of his series "A Song Of Ice and Fire." Many members of this forum are working on fantasy series. I recommend that all of them read this article, because it makes working on a fantasy series seem like indentured servitude. Or worse. The way some of the fans seem to be treating the author of their favorite series is appalling. Some of them have even set up web forums dedicated to "denigrating Martin and his supporters." He actually has fans emailing him "You'd better not pull a Jordan" (referring to Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series) meaning dying before he finishes his series. The thrust of the article is about what an author owes his fans. And how far across the line fans can go. All I can say is that I never ever ever want to write a series. Every story I write, even if I get novels published, should be a stand-alone work. I do NOT want fans like GRRM's so-called "fans".