Dragon Black, Dragon White

So I’m now a good 10K into book 4 in the series, entitled Dragon Black, Dragon White: Darkest Day, Brightest Night. It’s going pretty well, though I still don’t have a lot of the plot points worked out. I’ll get there, though. The cover art is actually challenging on this one. For one, the title is very long. It’s difficult to get that much text on the cover and still make it readable. But I’m in love with the title, and I’m not going to change it, so I just need to make it work. Second, it seems like a black and white cover obviously isn’t very colorful, so it’s going to be hard to make it pop next to the first three books. But again, I’ll figure it out.

Here’s a short excerpt, the opening of the book (subject to change):

Of all the days he lived, until he took his very last breath, he would remember that day more than any other.
That was the day the sun went black.
That was the day everyone he had ever known went mad and tried to murder him.
But for all the evil that day held and all the horrors he saw, those were not the reasons he would remember it above all others. Because it was also the day he met her.

So the book starts with the sun over Xandakar going black, people and creatures going mad, and the whole world being thrown into chaos. Our two young lovers are going to need to find each other if they’re going to survive, figure out what’s happening to their world, and try to stop it. The book is (hopefully) going to weave together all the storylines from the first three books and tie them together heading into the finale. I’ll see if I can pull that off.

I’m planning on publishing the book in early January if all goes well. I’m now wondering whether I should release the next book at 99 cents or 2.99. Royalties are so bad for 99 cents. It seems to me the main reason to release at that price is to drive up sales to drive up ranking for visibility. But I may just be better served taking a small hit on sales in favor of better royalty. Then I can just lower the price if I want to run any promos. I don’t know what I’m going to do with that yet.

I had planned to write a clean contemporary romance after finishing this series, one based in Louisiana and centered around food. I may still do that. But I’m also thinking about sending a poll out to my newsletter asking what they might like to see next. I’m not sure how many other authors do that and how well it would be received. I think my three main choices of what to write next year are:

  1. The novel I just mentioned, entitled The Plate Lunch
  2. A new shifter series (probably a trilogy, not dragons, probably present-day, set in a small town)
  3. Alpha/Billionaire contemporary, dirty romance with BDSM elements

I think a shifter trilogy would be the most natural thing for readers to transition into from my current series. I don’t want to commit to another 5 or more books. I have a strong sense of how #1 would go, and I think it would be a strong book and a relatively easy one to write. I just don’t know how well it might be received, and it might look strange in my catalog. I’d also feel pretty confident writing #3. I’ve read a few of these lately and they’re still super popular in the rankings. But that’s still a couple of months out. Until then, it’s time to my my nose back to the grindstone and knock this dragon series out.

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