Two Books … Or Not Two Books?

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?

Or

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.

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6 thoughts on “Two Books … Or Not Two Books?

  1. I don’t know that there is any one “right” answer. I would say that if you are writing for the love of writing, to tell your stories, then continuing on with the next book is probably not a bad idea. However, writing is still a job, whether or not you are getting paid for it or not. As a job you have to think about various aspects to advance your career, per se. If, for example, you had some short story ideas you wanted to write as a way to perhaps get some published work out there, which may in turn get your name out there and generate interest in your novel, then maybe working time for that in is a good idea.

    How is that for an answer that doesn’t help? :)

    • I guess that means there isn’t exactly a wrong answer, either. I would like to get some short stories published, as well. But where? When? How? These are questions for which answers fail me.

      How is that for a response that doesn’t quite say thank you? :)

  2. Congrats on finishing the book! If it makes you happy, I say keep writing. I write short stories, and while I don’t share them with anyone, writing — and finishing — a story always makes me feel a sense of personal accomplishment.

    Good luck!

    • I am going to finish the existing story arc (4 books total), but I think I want to pursue smaller projects in between. Like you, I have written dozens of short stories, and I never thought to submit any of my writing before taking on the challenge of this book.

      The euphoria of completing a story is amazing, but that feeling is immediately sullied for a book as you begin the daunting editing process.

  3. Congratulations on finishing your book! I’d say go for it, but balance that with time spent publicizing and promoting the first book so that by the time you’re done with book two, you’ll have fans who have been dying to read it already. :P

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