Less than ten years ago, I wrote my second romance. I was still new in the business and haven't learned a lot. I wish I had or at least wait to write a series. Why is that?
According to the author of How To Write A Series, she suggested it would not be a good idea to write one if readers didn't like your first book or they say it was poorly written. Sure enough, reviewers had wrote that. Even those who read book 1, didn't read book 2 and book 3. In fact, there at least two people who had. Those who enjoyed book 1, haven't read book 2, but even though it wasn't my best, I garnered 25 reviews! Maybe I should not have rewritten the book because the second edition only has a handful of reviews--5 (one is just a rating) and none of the reviewers from book 1 left a review or even read book 2.
If I had waited after I learned more about writing, perhaps people would pick up book 2 and read it. I need those reviews, but they aren't coming in! I guess people don't like suspense or stories about rape even if it offer hope. I wrote book 3 because Beth needed her own story. She was Julie's first friend since she left Montana and she re-entered book 2 and which you learn more about her. It was time to give her a man and I wrote a sweet romance for her. Guess what? Since the new cover, I picked up three more reviews. One was negative, but hey! I can't please everyone. I even thought about rewriting book 3 just to please that one person plus I paid four editors to beta read my manuscript. They acted like editors rather than readers. Never hire editors to beta read.
So, the question remains: should I write book four and five? One reviewer wrote that she would love to read about Julie's sister (from book one) and Beth's friend (from book 3) but the reader never left a review for those book. Maybe she had read them and decided to give me a one for all review. Oh well.
I want to hear from you. Have you read any of my books in the series? I'm talking about the Second Chance Series. I even reduced the price so that you could read the first book at a lower price You can see the prices below in the images. I have gone through every length I could to improve on my books. I pay for an editor in all my books. I design my own covers, but they aren't made from free images of people. All for you. They cost a lot less to purchase or to download than for me to have professionally written and designed.
So, should I or not? Only the reviews will tell. If only one person seems interested in reading about the other two women, maybe I should leave it at three. What do you think?
Meet Mandy. Mandy is not my cat but belongs to a character in my upcoming new cozy. What is a cozy? It's a mystery solved by an amateur sleuth. The main character does his or her own investigation against the police detective wishes because someone she knows has either died or is set up for a murder and she wants to grant this person justice. A cozy is less hard core than other types of mysteries.
You will read about a substitute teacher who finds that a teacher she subbed for had died. The main character is my altar ego named Serene.
Deciding what to write after I publish my fantasy was hard. It's hard when I still lack reviews and readership. I want people who have read my books to tell other people about it. That's why I have a street team. No, I'm not quitting. God wants me to use my talent for his glory so I can't quit and I had gained a few new readers. In fact, they have encouraged me to go local without saying anything to me about it. People in my hometown needs to know they have an author in town, and I plan to give my copes away as seeds! All I need is the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Thinking of the Holy Spirit, my cozy might be a little different than most. How so? In any cozy I have read, no amateur sleuth had leaned on the Holy Spirit for help. (If so, it's hidden.) And after I heard someone mention about leaning on the HS, it encouraged me! I have wanted to do it that way so be on the look out. (If you read any of my books besides Purify My Heart, you could tell I use the Holy Spirit a lot!)
So that's what's new. My sister once asked if I would write my military romance, but that might be next year, depending.
So tell me. What is your favorite genre?
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