I’m busy revising Mik Murdoch: The Power Within for my publisher. After a bit of a shaky start, I think I’m hitting my stride…I think.
The problem is, when I wrote this book, I knew it needed more of a continuous storyline than the previous one. The previous book, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero is very much an origin story. It is comprised of many little mini-stories that follow a larger plot. This one is more of a big-picture story that has mini-stories in it.
I wrote the second book the way I did because I think it needs it. But, when I was writing it, I was concerned that the people who liked the first one would like it less because it isn’t exactly the same. I still believe it is the book it needs to be, but I also wondered if it started a bit slow.
I’ve read it many times and that concern went away. Well, it mostly went away. Stuff does happen in the beginning, but it isn’t car chases and explosions happening. It is building up with problems showing up that are of a more personal nature. Maybe not as exciting, but still important.
Then, last night I came upon an editorial comment that said essentially, “20% into the book and nothing has happened. Will readers be able to stay engaged?”
Queue feelings of uncertainty once again.
Still, I have done a lot of work on the book and there is more going on than in the first version. I have dropped several new plot threads that I think will pay off big dividends. But, will people still LIKE what I am writing?
I still think so. I may insert one little mini-story in earlier; I have a few ideas that might work.
I just can’t get past my concerns that those people who liked the first will HATE the second. Or, if not hate, then be disgruntled that it isn’t the same book. Unfortunately, those concerns won’t be answered until the book is finished and people are reading it and commenting (or not) on it.