Help Me Decide!
Hi Folks! I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what I want to write next and I keep running into the Indecision Wall. You know the one. I get there and I can’t get past it because in order to do so, I have to decide. I suck at those. Just like writing a synopsis.
So, in this glorious digital age in which we live, I thought I would give you guys a voice in what I write about next. How cool is that? Do other authors do this? I dunno. Maybe. I’m sure I’m not the first. Then again, maybe I am. That’d make me a trendsetter. I can do that. I think. No, no I’m sure I can. Then again, maybe not. Then again, maybe I’ve had too much coffee. Who knows?
I guess it’ll have to remain one of life’s great mysteries. Sorta.
Anyway, all that blathering does have a point. I promise. See, I have several projects in mind that I can work on, and I am going to post a little bit about them here. Then you guys can read them and tell me which one sounds like a winner to you. Keep in mind that just having a project to work on doesn’t mean it will hit Kindle any time soon. Every full length project I write has to go through my agent first. Ready? Ok, here we go.
1. Finish The Gallows Tree. This is a book about a small town in east Tennessee that is haunted by the spirit of a young black boy who was lynched there in 1959. PROS: This would be the easiest of all the choices because the first draft of The Gallos Tree is already finished. All I have to do is edit and revise it, and I already know some key points that I want to change. I could have it ready in a month. CONS: I like to have something to edit on the back burner. Right now Tree is the only thing I have that is ready for edits, so if I finish it, I will have no edit projects in the wings. What this means is that I will have to finish TWO projects after it is done before I can think about editing again.
2. Sequel to Saying Goodbye to the Sun. This would continue the story of Vincent, the nice-guy-turned-Bachiyr that was my first character creation. PROS: The character of Joel Kagan would would play a major role in this, and he’s a personal favorite of mine. Also, I really enjoyed Saying Goodbye, and would love to visit Vincent again. CONS: The sequel to Saying Goodbye, as it is currently planned, takes place near the end of the Bachiyr series. If I write it now, it will give away a lot of what is to happen in the coming Taras and Theron novels.
3. Next Bachiyr book. The plot for this book is not completely fleshed out yet, but it would involve Taras, Theron, and bring back Baella, who is another favorite of mine. PROS: This series is what pays the bills for me. I have a bunch of books available, but 33 A.D. and 61 A.D. are, by far, my biggest sellers. They keep the lights on, and I would expect another book in the series to do quite well. CONS: As I said, this book isn’t much more than a vague idea at this point. I will be starting it from scratch, which means lots of research and stuff like that there.
4. Bait. This is a book I’m really looking forward to finishing. It’s about a drug addict who hunts vampires in a very odd way. I can almost guarantee you guys have never heard of this before, and it lets me look at the Bachiyr from a different perspective. PROS: This story is about halfway finished in first draft form. I have the ending set, and a really good beginning, and I’m working through the middle right now. I haven’t worked on it in a while due to other projects, but it should be easy to get back into it because I love the plot. CONS: Though the book is halfway done, I will need to go back and scrap about 10,000 words before I can keep going. I took a wrong turn back there and I need to find out what went wrong.
5. A third short story anthology. PROS: I love these because they are fast and hard. The 100 word bites are a major challenge, and I have been itching to get back into the EXHIBIT A/B/C world of shorts. I may even turn those into a novel someday. Also, being a short book, I won’t need to send it to my agent before publishing it, which means it could be available in a matter of weeks. CONS: Unlike any of the novels I’ve suggested, this would be a bargain price book at 99 cents. I don’t make much money on those, but I like doing them because they are fun and the lower price is a nice way to introduce people to my work. Also, some readers tend not to like these collections, feeling that the 100 word stories aren’t satisfying.
6. Something different. No idea what this is, but I could cook up something completely different.
So there you have it. Six things I could be working on right now instead of blogging or whittling the time away on Facebook. I can’t decide which one to do, so I am asking you, my loyal readers (All three of you!), to give me your input. What would you like to see come out of McAfee Land next?