By: Julie Miller
Congratulations to "Crystal B", the winner of Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
As I'm finishing up one manuscript and starting in on the last book of my Precinct: Task Force miniseries, I receive an email from my agent telling me I need to be thinking about my next proposal to my editor. I love coming up with new story ideas, especially when I'm slugging my way through a manuscript—the grass is always greener… But there's one problem...I never have a shortage of ideas for stories I want to write. But I can't just throw a hundred what if's at my editor. How do I narrow them down and select the best ideas for me and my readers?
So I have an informal survey for you, and I'd love to hear some feedback from readers.
Here are some of my ideas. Which ones do you like? Not like as much? Please share your opinion on any or all. Thanks!
I'll give a print or ecopy of my March release, TACTICAL ADVANTAGE, to one lucky poster!
1. A new Precinct miniseries.
Maybe linked by a theme, like The Precinct: Cold Case
Maybe linked by a family of cop brothers like the Taylor Clan or Kincaids?
Maybe bring Sheriff Boone Harrison's 3 brothers to Kansas City?
They’d all be connected to the law/law enforcement, but would feature a cowboy rather than the more urban heroes I write.
3. More stories featuring Marine Corps heroes?
Hope Lockhart in my September book, TASK FORCE BRIDE, has a brother in the Marines. There is a military base near Kansas City where MP’s (military police) from different branches of the military receive training, so I could work that angle into a Precinct book.
4. 2 or 3 stand-alone stories that feature supporting characters from, say, my Precinct: Task Force miniseries?
Some of my favorite titles (and reader favorites, too), like BEAUTY & THE BADGE and NANNY 911, were spin-offs from previous miniseries
5. Something completely different.
Every now and then I get to write a story set in the mountains of Wyoming or Washington, DC or elsewhere. They're still romantic suspense, but may feature a government agent or military hero. No Kansas City cops.
6. You’d like another story that’s a lot like ________ (you fill in the title)?
Why did that storyline, or those characters, speak to you so much?
7. Do you have a particular character from one of my books whose story you'd like to see? If so, who?
8. Do you have a favorite storyline you'd like to read more of? (Beauty & the Beast, reunion story, friends becoming lovers, amnesia, pregnant heroine, bodyguard hero, etc.)
9. Do you have a storyline you're tired of reading?
10. Anything else?
I appreciate the feedback. It will help me fine-tune my proposal for upcoming books, and give readers what they want to read. And remember, the next book in my Precinct: Task Force miniseries, TACTICAL ADVANTAGE, comes out March 1st!
Our host, Maureen Miller, will pick the winner after tomorrow.
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