When I got the call the first time back in June, selling Primal Instinct, one of the things my new editor said was "So whatcha working on currently? Hurry up and get a proposal into us soon so we can get another book in the works."
Well, never being one to do things the easy way, I decided I would send Intrigue a multi-book proposal, rather than just a boring (but probably much wiser) single-book proposal. You know, since I had so much writing experience and...stuff. I worked frantically through June and July and sent it off to them, unsure of its strength or if it was what they really wanted at all. Newbie fears.
Honestly, I had a daily expectation of receiving some sort of email from Intrigue along the lines of: "Hey new kid, don't get too big for your britches. Just one book please. Who do you think you are?"
But they didn't. In September I got an email from my editor saying she thought I had "done a great job" on the proposal and that she was sending it up the chain for final approval. And I got the word yesterday: they want all four books. Crazy!
|Thanks True Lies.|
Fun stuff. I rub my hands with glee every time I think about it. Lots of possibilities for great twists and mayhem. And, of course, falling in love.
All four books are scheduled for 2015 release: January and February then May and June. This gives me a couple month break from promoting during their release -- I'll need it.
The multi-book proposal involved me writing:
- A one-paragraph description of all four books and how they fit together (in this case, four siblings who are also involved with Omega Sector).
- A brief synopsis (2-3 pages each) of books 2-4.
- A full synopsis (7-10 pages) of book 1.
- The first three chapters of book 1.
- The potential back-cover blurbs for all four books (this wasn't actually required, but since I had them, I sent them anyway).
Time to hit the writing cave. Maybe I can set up my treadmill there.