Unfinished Stories

By Sascha Illyvich

How many authors reading this have unfinished manuscripts? How many of you have started a project only to stop writing in the middle of the story for one reason or another? I have. Yasmine Galenorn talks about having seven full length novels buried in her closet and with good reason. Apparently, they sucked!

As an author I refuse to leave stories unfinished if I can help them. The problem comes when I run out of the original inspiration that started the story in the first place. Take my Mistress Turned series. “I Will Serve You, Master” is the first book in the series and takes us along for a journey with Mistress Jackie as she becomes a true submissive and in the follow up book, I take our readers farther into her journey. By the third book I’m already burned out and bitter towards the story. I’d prefer to cut the last thousand words and end the story two novellas in. But my marketing mindset said originally to write one 90k book in three 30k novella length stories for two reasons. One, it brings readers in slowly and builds my audience if I’ve done my job and written a DAMN GOOD STORY. Second, it builds loyalty as those who enjoyed the first book will buy the second and third. Lastly, from a monetary standpoint it makes more sense to release books in this fashion rather than to spend three months writing a 100k novel and not earning money on part of it.

Too many writers don’t realize the value of splitting up stories for marketing purposes but that is another article. I recently re-released Mistress Kitty and Trent without updating the style or giving it any further edits other than what it received when it was at eXtasy books. I’m confident in Stef’s editing abilities even though I’ve grown as an author since then. But to have a book that’s a good story just sitting around not making money is a little silly.

What if the book is so horrible that it can’t be fixed without being rewritten? Fuck if I care! It’s my publisher’s job to figure that out. Seriously. IF they accepted the book in the first place then that tells me they have an idea how to market said book. And in the case of Mistress Kitty, that’s just fine by me.

About saschaillyvichauthor

Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he's been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Total E-bound. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency Editor for Sizzler Editions Intoxication Erotic Romance line, Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.write-sex.com
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7 Responses to Unfinished Stories

  1. Julia says:

    Hi! @SexWitch on Twitter was telling me you’re looking to guest post on some blogs… I was looking for guest bloggers/reviewers and wanted to know if you were interested? I would love to talk to you more! You can e-mail me at rexreadingrobot(at)gmail(dot)com. I am sorry to get a hold of you this way, but Twitter wouldn’t allow me to DM you and I didn’t see an e-mail listed. Thank you for your patience 🙂

  2. Cool, so that’s how you write a sequeal. I’ve been coming at this ass backwards — which as an erotic author is…well…you…know I’m blushing.

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  4. That IS a novel approach to series writing. I generally come up with a theme and write stories that fit that theme, or come up with a overall metastory that smaller bits can fit into. I’ve not thought about the idea of taking a larger story and chopping it up bitwise.

    I’d have to work on pacing, though. Right now, most of what I write has a definite Bolero-esque quality about it. I think it works (hey, it has sold, so at least someone likes it enough to pay for it!) but breaking that up… Not sure if I could do that as it stands.

    Still, that’s why the saying is ‘live and learn’, not ‘live and remain a static lump of flesh’.

    • The thing I like about this approach is if the publisher decides to put the book into print, we know what the cost is based on number of pages/words. So I can take a novel that I’d write at 65k in length and instead of collect royalties on that standalone, I can have a part one and two. Remember, my approach currently is to esll and make money, doing what i love.
      Good luck Robert!

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