I’m sorry, but I really don’t understand the question, “Isn’t it too soon for a sequel?” It only takes a few hours to read Been Blued, right? And I did leave my readers wondering about an invasion by hostile aliens. I want to keep the story alive in their imaginations long enough to stay excited about the possibility of a sequel.
Okay, I know Been Blued still isn’t on the best sellers list. But it’s only been out since June of 2007. It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as iUniverse.com. Or you can order it by calling 1-800-AUTHORS. There are three places in Dawson Creek, BC, that carry it (one of them is the Art Gallery.) But I’m still working full-time and persuing other avenues of merchandising in my free time. When I’m not working on the sequel.
Here’s my problem. I have two more scifi stories rampaging around in my brain, waiting to be written. I found my passion, and it happens to be writing. Then there’s the social commentary I have an idea, and even an outline, for. I was bored one day, that’s how the outline got created. Normally I don’t much in the way of an outline.
Then there’s the fact that with supported self-publishing, I can publish two novels in a year. It’s nice not only to avoid a long wait to get published, but to have a publisher who can keep up with me. Three months is the average time it takes my publisher to get a book into print once the author has submitted it. Sometimes they can do it quicker. I don’t think I’d be able to deal with a long wait time to get into print. I picked up a copy of a well known writing magazine the other day, and read (most of) it. That was a chilling reminder to me of the career that didn’t happen, even though I waited decades for it and did everything in my power to get there. Three months, people. If you’re not making headways in whatever you’re attempting to do within three months, give it a serious and realistic reevaluation. Some things do take longer, but if you’re still waiting around without any progress while others are passing you, it’s not happening. Either figure out what’s wrong and change it, or move on to something else.
So I’m not telling you the title until the publisher has the story copyrighted. For now, you can refer to it as ‘the sequel,’ like I do. 😉 Happy reading. And if you’d like to give me a review of Been Blued, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.