I’m stuck in revision process #1 because I have a story that I wanted to write but it isn’t quite following the guidelines of what a Contemporary Romance novel should be.
Basically, I need to have a Happy Ending and, with this story and these characters, I don’t feel like they are at the point, relationship-wise, for one.
My first gut reaction is to end this book in limbo and write another one that will not only wrap up their story but give the readers a chance to learn more about them and watch them grow into a relationship that’s actually ready for a happy ending. (I already have a soft outline and notes for book #2)
But and this is a big but…..
This will be my first book I’ll ever try to publish., my first jump into becoming an author.
Is an agent and/or publisher going to even bother with me if I’m trying to sell a non-happy ending romance that doesn’t actually end at the last chapter?
Is it good or bad to have a series in the works on your first trip in the publishing rodeo?
If this books doesn’t have a happy ending can I even market it as a Contemporary Romance? or has it slipped into some other sub genre?
Right now I’m trying really hard to reshape my book so that a Happy Ending makes sense but the characters just aren’t cooperating. It feels fake and forced. It’s like they are screaming at me to stop, they aren’t ready. So my writing/revision sessions usually ends in frustration. I’m pretty sure I’m working on an ulcer from all this stress.
If I must have a Happy Ending, how do I create it seamlessly so that it make sense to readers?
As a reader I hate when I’m following two characters who hate each other, then they have sex, then somehow fall madly in love and live happily ever after.
What am I to do?
Ok friends and followers, I need your help.
Please take a moment out of your day and leave me a comment with either some advice, some pointers, or a link to an article you think might help me.
I really need it and I will absolutely 100% appreciate it!