I have come face-to-face with something I had always hoped for but wasn’t sure would ever happen. That is, writing the next book in a series.
Now, before I start sounding all new and everything, the truth is, I have written the first three books of the Mik Murdoch series. Even still, I wasn’t sure what the future of said books would ever be. In fact, I know books two and three are pretty rough so I have to do some serious rewrites.
What is different, is there is now a need for those books. I actually have to take the time to ensure they are as good as they can be so they are publishable. That is the difference.
I’ve also come to realize that another series I’ve started, a trilogy this time, might need some additional attention if I want to sell it. I’ve had some interest in the first book, but the question keeps coming up: “Are the second and third books written too?”
My original plan was NOT to write all three right away. Sell the first one and then write the next two. The fear I am seeing from publishers is, they don’t want to leave their readership in the lurch.
I can understand that.
So, I am now faced with the need to continue working in worlds I’ve already created. Not a bad prospect, but it means I will have to put some of the myriad of other projects I’ve got in mind on the back-burner for a while.
It is both great and sad. I love exploring new worlds. There is nothing wrong with the familiar, but new is always fun. Now, I am the victim of my own success (if victim is truly the right word). More accurate would be, I am the benefactor of my own success and get to play with characters that I’ve created and care about.
Not everyone gets that privilege (at least gets paid to do it), so I’m not complaining. It’s just different.
I can’t wait to make the next books even better.