So, I’m finishing revisions on my latest WIP. Naturally, it’s brilliant, as are all of my unpublished manuscripts. But I’m seriously thinking this might be the one. And as I’m getting ready to send it to my beta readers and start investigating publication options, one nagging question keeps pestering me. Is it completely stupid not to write a sequel?
As is, the story stands alone. It all concludes nicely. But so many successful YA books these days come in a trilogy or set of some kind, which has made me consider altering the ending and opening it up for another book or two. Then my inner artist, Mademoiselle Crabbypants, gets her knickers in a twist because the story really is very good the way it is. And she reminds me that there are plenty of popular stand-alones on the YA shelf.
Just, you know, not nearly as many.
I am, as you can see, conflicted.
So I’d like to open this up for discussion. For a first-time YA author, is it easier to get published traditionally with a series vs. a stand-alone? Alternatively, if going the independent route, do you have a better chance at success with a series or a single?
Really. Please. Tell me what you think.