Pondering Next Book Topic
August 7, 2014
Now that God’s Banker is well on its way to developing a following, it’s time for pondering next book topic. For the last two months I’ve been developing two book topics–both for different markets. The first topic has to do with kids. Not being a parent, I really don’t know much about kids. Maybe it’s time to change that. One thing I love about the writing process is the extensive research I do on my topics. I try to chose topics that I’ve always wanted to learn about.
Selecting a topic
When I decided to set God’s Banker inside the Vatican Bank and to use the Roman Catholic Church as a background, it was no accident. I’ve always been fascinated by the Catholic Church as an institution. Over the centuries it certainly has demonstrated a resiliency in the face of global scandal and corruption. I wanted to learn how it worked and survived.
Teens and the Young Adult market
Same thing with children–particularly teenagers. The Young Adult book market is the fastest growing market around. Unlike traditional novels that run 100,000 to 150,000 words, the YA books typically top out at 70,000 words or so. I figure, after God’s Banker with 130,000 words, a book roughly half that length should be a piece of cake. Not so. The author still must create a compelling story, develop characters and run them through the three acts composing the book. But on a much smaller stage. Not so easy.
Sexy is really interesting
Pondering next book topic was simple–you can never go wrong with sex. So the second topic I’m developing is a 3-novel series on an up an coming young woman whose desire is to enter the business of being kept by a man. The more I research the topic, the more I find a really interesting subculture of not only these women, but the men who keep them. This is definitely an adult topic. So I can give the book as much air time as I want without worrying about a teenager’s still-growing attention span.
Do both. What a luxury for any author to take the time to write two books at once. I’m a disciplined worker. I divide the time devoted to writing in half and work on each book in turn. The trick is to get both books rolling to the point where you’ve created their rhythm. This is what I’m now doing. The YA book is well underway. The book on that sexy kept woman is in the research and character development stage.
Every writer has their own particular method of breathing life into their work. I’ve just shared with you the one that seems to work well for me.
All the best,