Two Books … Or Not Two Books?
David Belt Copyright 2014
Such is the question which preoccupies my mind. As I conclude the final edits on my first novel, I am plagued with counter intuitive thoughts as to what to do next.
Should I start Book II, as I know this novel is meant to be the first of a four book series?
Should I hold off continued pursuits of this project until I sell the first novel, in order to allow time for other projects which might sell, if this one does not?
As I debate my next move, I am reminded of Alan Wold’s sagely advice, delivered at the onset of each of his writing workshops.
“If you are looking to make money, go be a plumber.
Only 1 in every 100 novels that is started is ever finished.
Only 1 in every 1,000 novels that is finished is ever published.
And only 1 in every 10,000 published authors can make a living at it.
You have to write for no other reason than because you enjoy writing.”
I love to write. I do so as often as my busy schedule will allow. I am still deployed on the far side of the world, and the majority of my time is preoccupied with the pursuits of national defense. I do still have time that is my own, and in that time I endeavor to tell my stories, as I have so many to share. If it should come to pass that I never sell a story and only my beta readers enjoy my tales, then at least I will know I have shared that which I love with those who appreciate what was given.