The future of my new series depends on my decision and I want to make it an informed one.
Remember my blog post a few days ago about how I almost lost 4,000 words of a novel’s ending by not saving my document? Well that story called Sweet Retaliation was the first one in a new series I’m calling Mob Tracker.
The premise for the plot is as follows:
Cassidy Santino follows her brother to a meeting behind a warehouse, one she’d begged him to stay away from, and while she hides in the dark, three gang members kill her beloved twin, Raoul. He’s protected, babied and kept her safe since their father died and here he is spread-eagled, bleeding… dying on the dirty ground while bullets buzz overhead.
Being more like a close buddy, he’d taught her how to box, took her for rides on his motorcycle and kept the boys away when anyone showed an interest. Now he’s dead and absolute revenge fills every cell in her body and freezes her soul. From this day forward, she plans her retaliation.
Of course, Trace Maguire, the detective who took a bullet for her, is totally against the various steps she plans to get close to these dangerous criminals. He’s furious when she changes from a long-haired, naïve miss, who looked like someone from the sixties, to a modern fighting machine, a chick who’s now bartending in the very club where those same members hang out.
Okay - I know it’s a good book and with the other two, it will work out to be a really popular series. There’s continuous action, sizzling sex and twisting, surprising conflicts that will be mind-boggling. Both the hero and the heroine are people that the readers can relate to and will care about. Or at least, I hope so.
No… I know so!!
But, my predicament is …what do I do with it?
Should I try and get an agent and see if I can go the traditional route? I had that in my mind when I began plotting this set but everything I’ve read lately is against me taking that step. Hugh Howey, on his blog, shows that Indie authors can even outsell traditional publishers for hardcover books through their Createspace POD options and that was one way I thought they still had precedence.
Brooke Warner from the Huffington Post states clearly in this article, What should authors expect to earn? that Indie authors can make more money in the long run and still have that important control over their product.
I’m at a crossroads here where I’m selling moderately well but I still need to reach a different audience so I can expand my readership. I thought to try taking a step in another direction, but though my foot is up, I just don’t know where to set it down.