So, I got my first review in a big time magazine and had a moment of total happy swooning. Of course, then I had to go dig up the review and actually read it. It’s not a great review, but it’s not an awful review by any stretch. There is one thing I’ll definitely take from it to apply to book two (and three, four and five). The other thing that bothered the reviewer is both harder and easier to deal with. You see, when I planned the PRT as a series, it was just that…a series where each book is an individual story, but there is also an over-arching plot. Maybe I should have called it a pentology. (Is that even a word?)
Anyway, the gist is there were certain plot points that weren’t resolved. This is a very true fact. There’s a boy in book one who disappears, a girl who is a thorn in the heroine’s side, and there’s the white van of doom. (Yes, there’s also the thing with the Smiths.) All of those things/people have a small part to play in book one, but a larger part in one of the plots that reaches over the series. Through the course of the books, each will get dealt with a bit at a time within the confines of the main plot for each story.
And I’m willing to take a hit for not tying up all those loose ends because they were all part of the plan. (Okay, except the boy. I didn’t quite grasp what part he would play until I was working on edits. That’s when I realized how important he really was ).
The question is, as a new author, was this a fool-hardy plan? I’m asking readers to trust me and not just for one book. I’m asking for them to trust me in the driver’s seat for four books before I let them see in book 5 where we’ve been headed all along. As a reader, would you follow? And how much do you have to like a book to trust an author that much?
Inquiring minds staring book 2 in the face want to know
And a huge thank you to RT for the review. I’m truly honored, and I hope you’ll consider following up with the sequels.