1. Elgaisma
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    Selling two books at once?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Elgaisma, Aug 20, 2010.

    I have one book that once its had its final polish, is ready to start trying to sell. I'm performing a slight rewrite to bring out one of my characters but that shouldn't take long. Whilst hopeful I am not unrealistic enough to assume it will get pubished in my first round of sending it out. I am going to have it ready by end of the month.

    My second book should be halfway through its first draft by Monday, and hopefully completed by the end August/Beginning of September. So by October it should be more or less ready to be sent out.

    I also have the story outline developing for a third one that my goal is to have ready by the end of 2010 no later than next February.

    They are all linked do I send them out seperatly or together?
     
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    From what I've read, you should definitely send them out as two separate products. I don't think there is anything wrong with sending both manuscripts to the same agents or publishers, as long as they are good fits.

    I'm sorry. I missed the last part where you said they were all linked. Is this a series?

    In that case, just shop the first one and mention that it is the first part of a series, but can stand alone as well. Hopefully it can stand alone as well. :)
     
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    Separately, but it doesn't hurt to mention in your query letter that you have another manuscript near completion (but don't mention series!). A publisher prefers to sign an author who is not a one-book wonder, but a series from an unknown author is a risk for the publisher; if the books do not stand alone, one can drag down the other. The publisher would prefer to consider at least the first couple novels in isolation.
     
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    :) Thanks all 3 stand alone however at least the first two will be much better read together purely because the first one is told from the perspective of a main character in the second book. Third one I am not sure about yet. They are sort of a series, they have some of the same characters in them.

    It started life as a story that has about 600,000 words lol I am now telling different parts of the story from several perspectives, allowing each feel like a different story.

    Thanks Cogito
     
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    ditto what cog said...
     

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