Have read a lot on the forum about the need to write stand alone books, regardless of whether you intend / wish to write a series, if you hope to be published. My question is, how exactly do you write stand alone books if the story itself would work well as a series (or was simply too long to compress in to one)? Obviously you can't tie up all lose ends, otherwise it is a one book series, so do you have to pick up from the 'satisfying ending' of the previous book, use that as the 'happy / normal beginning', create more conflict, and end with another 'satisfying ending'? I'd love some insight, as this seems to pose a lot of problems for a series that flows from one book to the next. For example, Harry Potter is a 7 book series, though I assume JK would of had to of written a 'stand alone' in Philosopher's Stone. Would the ending to Philosopher's Stone be fitting had it of been a one off? I hope you understand my confusion, thanks in advance for your help.