Hi y’all this week has been crazy. I’ve been under the weather, stressed, having family issues and for those that don’t know I suffer from several chronic ailments, all decided to have a party at once, resulting in me having a pity party of my own. I’ll try not to whine though LOL.
Every January I take the month to clean my files, my desk, my work plans, make new schedules, clean my Facebook page and Goodreads and emails. Organizing and lists help me free up time and figure my path to start work. I usually do this in December, but this year I spent December on holiday and family issues.
I was discussing the first book on my plans to get back to work First Bite in my Love Bites trilogy with my beta. It has had a round of edits already, and I am running it through a final cleanup with Grammarly then sending it to her. I have sat on this book for quite a while as it has been a thorn in my side. It was birthed on an old story blog a few friends and myself shared. It was 8,000 words. Just a little short story with a chapter posted every week. It was a mess. But I decided it was a good enough base to make a real story out of it and used it that year in NaNo and made it a full-length story. I though it was pretty good. I sent t to an editor, promoted it for release, bought party slots all the good stuff. I ended up buying two covers, but that’s a long story. I will also have to buy another new cover since I want all three to be consistent and the graphic artist I used I can no longer find. I wish I could because he still owes me book twos cover and I really do like this cover. Long story short I have so much money in book one alone I more than likely will never see a profit in this series.
I was telling her a bit about the book and book two when she suggested I put all three into one book cutting fluff and adding what I need to bring it together. I have never written a long book like that. My preferences in reading are like my writing 25 to 60 k or 150 to 275 pages. I can read that in a night or two. She prefers the longer reading. I did a poll on my Facebook page, and it was pretty much 50-50 as well.
I am still up in the air, but seriously considering the combination. Another thing that one of my writer friends suggested was to keep it the trilogy but make it a box set. If I do a trilogy, I will do a box set down the road.
There are some real pros to combining this into one story. The biggest one financial. I will only have to buy one cover, one editing, one formatting. I will be marketing one book not three over the course of the year, so that will be less money as well. It will also be a new challenge for me, and I will have this series out of my hands so I can work on something else.
The cons are; not using the cover I have. ( Eventually, I will replace it to match books two and three anyhow). Trying to think differently than I did in the series with the cliffies after each book except three.
It is a lot to consider, but I am leaning on the bigger book.
Do you like Trilogies with books one and two having cliffhangers? Do you like longer books? What size book do you prefer to read or does it matter? I am open to any opinions.