So, I recently finished a draft of a novel — Take Three at Mulholland, Book 3 in the Mulholland series — and I am now trying to decide what to do next. Usually when I finish writing a book, I have a fairly good idea of what I will work on next. Now? Not so much. I realize this isn’t very author-ly of me, but this is due to a few behind the scenes things beyond my control, so I thought I might share some of my options.
In no particular order, here’s what I could work on:
- Edit the sequel to Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
- Pros? The first draft is actually in good shape, and it’s a lot of fun.
- Cons? My publisher still has the rights to the original book and there are some things I want to do differently to rebrand when the sequel comes out.
- Edit the Fates project.
- Pros? I’ve come a long way as a writer since finishing the last draft in (checks notes) 2010??? I’ve also already written the sequel.
- Cons? It’s going to be a lot of hard work as the current draft is 120K.
- Edit Under the Rain of Light.
- Pros? It’s my most commercial novel.
- Cons? I hate the current draft and I’m not sure I have the motivation to make it better.
- Start writing ‘Cousin at the Wedding,’ a rom-com.
- Pros? New project! Fresh start!
- Cons? I have a ton of unedited work (see, 6 unpublished novels).
- Finish writing Counterfactual.
- Pros? I’ve already got a 10K head start.
- Cons? I have no idea where the book is going to go.
- Chill out and spend time marketing.
- Pros? Selling books is the whole point of being an author.
- Cons? I really suck at it.
- Re-edit Room 702.
- Pros? In theory, it shouldn’t take too long.
- Cons? Is this the best use of my time?
Thoughts? Feelings? Suggestions? I welcome them all.