What do you do when you have a “finished” manuscript?
Every conference, mentor, guidebook, website, and soothsayer will tell you to keep writing. But what do you write about? This is the crossroads at which I stand.
I’ve written (from what I’ve been told by more than just family members) a pretty damned good book. The problem is that it’s a genre book and the antagonist is a vampire who isn’t noble or love sick… but he is a sick noble. As my Editor said early on in the collaboration, it’s “effortlessly creepy.”
I desperately want to write the sequel, however, if the first book doesn’t get my foot in the door, what business do I have writing number two in the series? There aren’t a lot of success stories about having your audience jump in midway through the series and then introducing the beginning later.
Who do I think I am? George Lucas?
It makes sense to me that you’d want to write a project that is far different from what you have. Get out of that comfort zone. Shake things up! Show off your ability to write a variety of stories; so when you finally get that Agent, you can have more to offer than just the one genre book that you’ve been obsessing over for years. Hopefully I’m right about this because it’s the path I’m taking.
Am I wrong? Anyone have a better idea? Comment? Concern? Limerick?