I finished Burned last night, so of course I’m feeling my love/hate for series today. I thought it was much better than the last installment, in which, I swear, nothing happened until the last 3 pages. The pace of Burned was much more even AND there was way less recapping. Seriously, enough people must have bitched about the extended recapping for P.C. Cast to put a near end to it. Really, I can see why you would recap fairly extensively in the second book of a series, but after that-who is going to start at the third book? What little recapping there was in Burned was good because I needed just a slight refresher of what happened in the last book-a few sentences to make it all come back to me.
I did a ton of writing on *Glimmer* the other day and I think reading a book like Burned while you’re writing a book in the same genre is helpful. I’ve only included essential recapping, although enough so that I think it could be a stand-alone. Again, I don’t know why if someone was going to go to the trouble to read a series book they wouldn’t start at the beginning…but who am I to judge other peoples weirdness. Another thing I think I’m doing in *Glimmer* is slowing down my pace a bit. At least making it more even. I know that Glimpse starts off slow for some people and then speeds up and from others I’ve heard that the beginning is the right speed for them and things happen too quickly at the end. YA is a tricky genre. Realistically, it shouldn’t be longer than about 65K, (Yes, Harry Potter and Twilight are exceptions, but I think you all know that I feel like the Twilight books could’ve been 300 pages shorter and still been great) it should open with action, the characters should be teens, there should be very little adult interaction, it shouldn’t talk down to its audience. These are the rules, but they’re not easy to follow. I mean, P.C. Cast, who writes a damn lot of books, doesn’t even always get everything right. It doesn’t mean I won’t inhale her books the second they come out.
In a completely random move, for me that is, I plotted out the rest of *Glimmer* this morning. Then I went to breakfast at Hales with my friend Kim and joked that I was sure to rebel against the fact that I’d plotted and go the opposite direction. We’ll see what happens, I might be able to resist the urge to go against my best interests for once.
On the self-publishing front I’ve sold 9 copies of Glimpse all together and have increased my number of readers to 34 on Scribd. I “book bombed” 20 people the other morning with invites to read the first 50 pages on Smashwords for free, so we’ll see how that turns out. Also, my FB ad starts tomorrow. If you see it, for the love of God click on it!
I’ve got an hour before I go birthday shopping with my mom and sister, so I’m going to fix some inconsistencies in *Glimmer* that came to me as I was falling asleep last night. Keeping up with the timelines of 4 characters visions is not so easy! And, I think I’m going to pre-order the next VA book-it comes out in 2 weeks! Yes, folks, she’s not just a writer, she’s a super huge dorky fan.