Here’s a question for Saturday morning.
What’s the point in writing sequels, if nobody ever reads the first part?
This is a question that’s been bothering me for quite some time. As it stands, I currently have about seven, yes seven sequels in progress and no ideas for new work.
I wonder why I seem to be developing into a writer that only adds to his existing work, instead of coming up with new ideas. Before you ask, I’m pretty sure that it’s not because I didn’t finish the first stories off properly. The novels that I’m talking about are complete and each one ends in a logical place.
The thing is, I have other ideas for further adventures for the characters in these books, mostly unconnected to their present one. The ideas turn up as I’m writing the story. It’s almost as if; now that I’ve shared part of the character’s lives, they want to show me more.
With the exception of my Andorra Pett books,
which seem to attract a reasonable number of read-through purchases, the first parts of my other series, those featuring Dave Travise,
the Balcom Saga,
and the Steampunk adventures of Horis Strongman; well they all suffer from slow sales and few reviews.
This poses the obvious question, what’s the point in writing any more if nobody’s starting on the journey?
Even my stand-alone novels like Survive, Life and Other Dreams, The Sensaurum and the Lexis and the yet to be released The Hitman and the Thief have sequels planned. They were never intended, it was just that I realised that more could be said after I had finished what I thought was the story.
Logically, there are several possible ways to proceed,
I could spend my time writing new material. Of course, that requires inspiration and I currently have none.
I could spend more time and effort advertising the parts I have already written, emphasising that there is more on the way.
I could write the sequels anyway, start making boxsets and advertise them instead.
If I was feeling particularly enthusiastic, I suppose I could do all three.
What do you think my priority should be?
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