So, this past week, I finished the manuscript for the current prequel novel that I’ve been working on. I started this project because several readers asked me to tell that story. Also, it helped distract me from plans to change book three’s main plot line. I still may do that. But that’s for another day. So, this little blog will be more of an update on that manuscript and what I plan on doing with it.
It’s not uncommon for creative projects to change names as the process goes on. This current manuscript has been called Nights in Red Velvet since the beginning. Now, however, when I see how the novel developed and where I placed the focus of attention, I’ve leaned toward retitling it Blood/Lust. It’s not a perfect title, but it feels more accurate than Nights in Red Velvet. My wife prefers the original title (she hasn’t read the manuscript yet), but I’m really not sure it fits anymore.
Honestly, I’m not sure that Blood/Lust fits perfectly either, but right now it feels more appropriate. We’ll see how my feelings change when I start editing next week. Titles are often the hardest part of a project for me. I may throw it out to my beta readers and ask for suggestions.
What Happens Now?
Honestly, I’m not sure what I want to do with the manuscript. I know it doesn’t belong in the main series, and so I’m considering a parallel series for Sam’s “Back Cases” to tell stories that delve into the history of her experiences. I might let this story find a home on Kindle Vella for a while, and we’ll see what happens if I decide to pursue a print version later.
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