Well, my blog tour for The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen is officially over. After “traveling” to at least eleven locations and writing just as many new posts for other people’s sites (while neglecting my own), this first big promotional push is done. The early reviews (from readers and professionals) have been fabulous – pretty much 5 stars across the board and some pretty flattering comments! So hopefully word-of-mouth will do most of the job from here. If each satisfied reader tells two friends about the book, and they each tell two friends, and so on, and so on… That’s the best advertising of all.
Although I will continue getting the word out to readers about TPMJA wherever I can, my mind has already turned to what I’m going to write next.
Other people have been asking that question too, and some have shared their suggestions with me. Several people want to know when I’m going to write a sequel to For Myself Alone or another independent Regency story like it. Am I going to do something with one of Jane Austen’s other books? Or am I going to return to the land of Pride and Prejudice? And at least one reader/friend wants me to try my hand at writing a contemporary novel.
So, what will it be? The short answer is that I haven’t decided yet. It has to be something I’m excited about writing, but also something people are interested in reading! That’s the only viable combination.
The first part is easy. I could get enthusiastic over any one of a half dozen projects I have in mind. The second necessary piece of the puzzle is more difficult to decipher. How can I be sure what readers want? Well, I decided I might as well simply ask! So here’s your chance to register your opinion in a completely non-scientific poll. If it were up to you, would you direct me to write:
- a sequel to For Myself Alone
- another independent Regency story
- a Northanger Abbey tie-in
- a Pride and Prejudice short story anthology
- a companion novel to The Darcys of Pemberley, featuring Georgiana Darcy
- a contemporary crossover novel with a Pride and Prejudice connection and a time-travel element (yes, really!)
If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it. Leave your comment below, and thank you!
“When you give me your opinion, I always know what is right. Your judgement is my rule of right.” (Mansfield Park, chapter 43)