Poll: A Question for My Readers
I lied. Here’s another pre-Realm-Makers blog post after all. XD
I could use some feedback from my readers on an idea I’m tossing around. So far, I’d say the response to the first two books in the Beaumont and Beasley series has been very positive overall–which has been a very pleasant surprise for me. I can’t thank you all enough for the encouragement you’ve given me. Partially as a result of all this feedback, I will shortly be on my way to the Realm Makers conference, where I’ll be having conversations with editors and publishers. I don’t really know which way that’s going to go. I’m keeping my options open. If I see a path to producing more books with some of the work of editing and promotion taken off my shoulders, I may go in that direction. But I won’t do anything that would in any way compromise what people have enjoyed about the Beaumont and Beasley novels. And the whole discussion may be moot, of course. It’s quite possible that nobody will be interested in what I’m offering. But I have received some positive comments from people in the traditional publishing world thus far, so I’m cautiously optimistic.
A couple of things:
- As you know, I’ve lately been planning prequels to the series, which I’m very excited about. I think the people who have enjoyed my writing so far will really like them.
- The main criticism people have offered regarding the books I’ve published too far is that they’re kinda short and maybe a little too fast-paced at times. I think people want more detail and more breathing space as they read.
- The first two books could be improved upon. I’m not talking about massive story changes, just little tweaks here and there to give more detail and touch up the pacing.
So my question for those who have followed my books so far is this: What would you say to my combining the prequel concepts I have with slightly-revised versions of the first two books to create “expanded editions?” (Or “director’s cuts,” or whatever you want to call them.) The idea I have is that these editions would alternate between Nick’s first-person narration of the modern-day storyline and “flashbacks” to 3rd-person fairytale retellings. This would put the books more in the category of full-length novels than the almost-novellas they are now. It would also give me the chance to expand on the existing world in a variety of ways, continuing to build toward the massive events I’ve been teasing in the epilogues.
Then again, it could be a humongous mistake. This is all completely hypothetical at the moment; which is why I’d like your thoughts. Vote below, and feel free to share further thoughts in the comments. Your feedback on this will be extremely helpful as I pursue various options at Realm Makers. And it’s something I may pursue via self-publishing even if nothing comes of my meetings with agents.
Thank you in advance! 🙂