I’ve received feedback from two other beta readers. One said, and I quote (with permission): Oh for crap sake!!! You BETTER be working on a SEQUEL!!
Also from what I’m hearing I’m moving otherwise gentle souls to cussing when people hit the end of the book. And yet, when I ask if I should extend or change the ending they universally tell me to leave it as it is. Just get to work on that sequel. Which is funny because I planned that ending from day 1 and I never planned a sequel.
I only just started seriously thinking about a sequel in the past couple of weeks when I started having ideas for one. I don’t much care for planned trilogies because all too often they have one idea and artificially stretch it out to encompass more books than the idea merits. I never want to be guilty of that.
The cover art is nearly complete and it’s fantastic. I showed it to one of my beta readers and she was completely blown away. She said it looked exactly like she imagined it. Plus it’s just beautiful. The artist I know is so talented. I can hardly wait until I’ve paid for it and can rightfully change out the header for this page to reflect the new artwork.
It is very exciting and emotional to see your vision come to life in the cover of a book. There is something very visceral about it. I put all of the work and sweat and a lot of myself into writing In The Flesh and to see someone else pour their talent into making an image from my story come to life is a wonderful experience.