Yesterday iUniverse author Justin Treece revealed the inspirations behind his writing and debut novel Minion. Today he concludes his two part iUniverse Blog series by talking about how Minion became part of a trilogy and how he plans to release and market each part of his triumvirate.
How to Write and Market a Trilogy
By Justin Treece
“I started outlining Minion (originally titled The Collector) in the fall of 2007. The story has gone through several evolutions.
The finished product took two years while I worked full-time at a well-established regional theater. During long nights of rehearsals, I would get a lot of work done. It was great.
While I wrote, I could listen to spectacular talent performing well-written plays.
I owe any success in my dialogue to those days in the theater. I really think it rubbed off on me.
Minion’s Evolution into a Trilogy
There are certainly three distinct “checkpoints” in the story. Putting it all into one was never an option that made sense to me. I strongly believe readers will have a better experience now that the story is available in three parts.
What to Expect and When Can We Expect it
There will be a prequel release at some point, which will go further into the setting of the prologue of the first book.
So stay tuned for that. It should be a fun ride.
The third book will return to a third person point of view and conclude the story.
I can’t describe to you how excited I am. I almost want to prolong the experience for several years, but my readers are nudging me to hurry up and finish.
Adopting a New Written Voice
Writing in first person is very exciting, yet perplexing.
Creating a voice that isn’t yours is a challenge. I’ve been trying to focus all my reading towards first person narratives, which helps.
Expect the unexpected.
How to Plan a Manuscript as a Series
Brilliant ideas will come that may or may not work with a plot you have already established.
Don’t regret anything. Just move forward.
I know the conflict I have created is solid and worth the reader’s time. I just have to keep reminding myself that and not get frustrated to the point where I say to myself “Why didn’t I go in this direction!” or “It would be so much better if I did this!”
Trilogy Book Marketing Strategy
I plan to release several exerts sporadically on blogs and social networking sites.
I also plan to start tweeting quotes from the second book, which works out great since it is in first person. We should see those posts soon.
I will continue to have giveaways and continue to stay active in the social networking world.
But ultimately, I hope to just keep writing and not overdose myself with marketing. I’ll let the pros handle that.
As the story progresses, many controversial issues will be addressed, which I hope will acquire some attention.”
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