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#1 Rhylee

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 09:13 PM

So here's my dilema.  I am looking to write a Query for a book that does not stand on its own.  It is part of a series and everything is not tied up in a nice bow at the end...  It's written in the style of PC Casts House of Night Series,  So the story continues in the next 3 books.  Questions are answered during each book of course.

 

Any suggesstions or is there a different format I should be following to Query?

 

Thanks for your help.



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Posted 03 May 2017 - 07:26 AM

That's a tricky one, because usually agents want to know they can pitch your first book as a stand-alone. Although they are typically happy if a book has series potential, most publishers will not take a chance on a debut author beyond book #1.  (I mean, they will not offer multiple book contracts right away).

 

That is not always true, of course, but it is very often true. The agents and/or publishers want to know that book one will sell before they start offering contracts for two or three (or more) books. Also, they want to know that the author CAN deliver -- as in, meet deadlines, make necessary revisions, work with editors, etc.

 

Of course, sometimes a book is so attractive to an agent and/or pub. that they offer a multiple book deal right away. But that is rare.

 

Any way you can rework your first book to be a stand-alone that can still lead into a series? You don't have to answer all questions or solve all dilemmas in book one, but it should feel like a satisfactory ending (not a true "cliff-hanger.")



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Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:12 AM

My gut. You must make it stand alone.

 

Although series potential is good I am hearing more and more stories of agents and editors putting off book 2 until they see how book 1 sells and even wanting an interim non-series book as the second book in a two book contract. 

 

These odds are long enough without crippling yourself. Rework the book.


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:07 PM

That's a tricky one, because usually agents want to know they can pitch your first book as a stand-alone. Although they are typically happy if a book has series potential, most publishers will not take a chance on a debut author beyond book #1.  (I mean, they will not offer multiple book contracts right away).

 

That is not always true, of course, but it is very often true. The agents and/or publishers want to know that book one will sell before they start offering contracts for two or three (or more) books. Also, they want to know that the author CAN deliver -- as in, meet deadlines, make necessary revisions, work with editors, etc.

 

Of course, sometimes a book is so attractive to an agent and/or pub. that they offer a multiple book deal right away. But that is rare.

 

Any way you can rework your first book to be a stand-alone that can still lead into a series? You don't have to answer all questions or solve all dilemmas in book one, but it should feel like a satisfactory ending (not a true "cliff-hanger.")

Thank you for your comments.  There is no way to make it a stand alone.  It does end on a cliff hanger but it's just to get into this seldom seen character that is an integral part of the story in the second book.  The one thing I have goiing for me right now is a call by a publishing house that is out for a paranormal romance shifter series and they do take new authors so it fits what they are looking for.  That being said, if it doesn't work out, I'll just take one of my other story ideas and write a stand alone to submit as my first novel.

 

I really do appreciate your help. :)







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