Well, itâ€™s been almost a year since I published the first volume of my Any Tomorrow Trilogy.Â And I must say that the results have been remarkably unremarkable.Â I made a decision to break up my 300K word novel into three parts, but my feeling is now that it just hasnâ€™t worked.Â Lots of potential readers have downloaded samples and a few took advantage when I offered Any Tomorrow: The Calling for free from Smashwords, but not enough have actually purchased my books for me to call it a success.
Breaking up a single story into three books also presents some problems besides sales, such as:
Â· instead of one book I have three books to market simultaneously,
Â· I have three book descriptions to write,
Â· when I ask for a review, most reviewers want to review one book?not three,
Â· and after long reflection, I donâ€™t think each of the books stands independent of the others.
That last point is probably the most important.Â For a good trilogy to work, each book has to tell a complete story but leave the reader yearning for more.Â I donâ€™t think mine hold up to that requirement.Â So what do I do next?Â I need a fairly quick solution since Iâ€™m in the middle of writing two other novels.
I am considering reconstituting the original version as a single volume, publishing it with the title of Any Tomorrow, and including some additional content.Â Iâ€™m also considering publishing it exclusively on Amazon (at least at the beginning) since I really havenâ€™t gained anything from publishing on Smashwords.Â Â And if I do go that route, Iâ€™d probably take advantage of Amazon Select.
Reconstituting the original version also has another advantage.Â If I were to try the traditional publishing route, I would definitely pitch it as a single volume.Â I would now have that volume ready to go.
So what do you think?
As a reader, do you like a series of books where each installment leaves you hanging?Â Or do you want the whole story at once?Â I really value your opinion, so tell me about it.
And you writers, have you had luck with a trilogy?Â Whether you have tips or horror stories, let me know.