You see, I am stuck with an ending that is not an ending. Well it is...but it isn't. Oy! Contradictions!
Let's just say, there's unfinished business. Similar to the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince* where most of the plot is resolved, but Harry still has to go out and find those Horcruxes and you can't take out the Horcruxes or his need to go hunting for them, because then the book wouldn't make sense. So it needs a sequel.
One possibility is to keep writing and finish the whole story, maybe squeeze it into one book. I fear that book would be too long or too poorly done...or both. Another option would be to accept my fate and my required sequel and pray an agent isn't put off.
I didn't set out to write a series and I don't mind, but I am not sure I am comfortable with a first novel which can't stand alone. Is this going to turn off agents? Or is the set up for a sequel okay? I have a feeling that will, as always, depend on the quality of the story and the opinion of the agent.
For now, I think I will polish it, as is-a first book in a series. Then let some beta readers have a go at it and see what they say. See how they feel about the ending that isn't. Who knows, maybe I am exaggerrating. Maybe it will be so great agents will fall over themselves and publishers will beg for me to sign for multiple book deals.
But what really matters is that the joy comes. Maybe after I start my victory celebration. Wine has that effect on me.
|Yes, that's Red Velvet Wine|
*Not trying to talk a big game, I just relate everything back to HP. The Hunger Games and Golden Compass have similar endings that set the stage for the sequels.