|The Leg giving out screenplay Oscars|
Too often we hide our greatest achievements behind swaths of rich, Gianni-Versace-draped black velvet, instead of sticking them out there for all the world to see. Doggone it, if you have the best legs since Tina Turner, you have a civic duty to display them!
|The Leg on the Red Carpet|
In my defense, I intended The Beresfords to connect tangentially with MBC and TLD. The main male character in The Beresfords is named Jonathan, simply because the senior pastor in the Cass books is named Jonathan. (I had to go back and look it up.) But by the time I finished the book, highlighting the connection felt forced. It'll probably have to wait for another story.
Which brings me back to The Leg. If I went by sales alone (not counting free Kindle downloads), MBC is probably still the leader, though Everliving isn't far behind. Yet the 19,000(!) downloads of EL on its free days haven't translated to increased sales of MBC and TLD. Increased sales of EL, yes, but not the "different" books. As my friend suspected, fans of the Elbow were not necessarily interested in the Leg.
If I'm in this to make a career (of sorts) out of it, I should clearly stick with the Leg. But if one of the reasons I chose self-publishing is to write whatever I feel like writing, and never mind the financial consequences, then anything goes.
There's a third option: the Prosthetic Leg. If no one wants to look at your real legs or elbows or any assorted body parts, you could take the time to develop a gorgeous prosthesis and learn how to use it gracefully. For a writer, this could be books published under pseudonyms. Write my historical fiction, that is, but publish it as T. Norris Coningsby or Aurora James.
Alas. Too many options. I'll probably solve it my usual way: I'll start writing several things, and whichever story makes it past Chapter Six gets the green light.
In the meantime, I'm happy to report The Beresfords has entered cover-design phase! Yippee!