So the dentist told me yesterday they thought my (3-year-old) daughter would lose her front teeth early. They're already wiggly. She bumped them a couple years ago, and, well, the trauma and all... They also advised she stop sucking her thumb. Uh, OK. I told her that, and she said "No."
I submitted ten pages for a workshop coming up in June. At first, I was stressing, wondering if it would be good enough compared to all the other awesome writers who are going to be in attendance. But, you know, what's the point of a workshop after all? My piece doesn't need to be perfect.
Did I put effort into it? Yes.
Did I just throw something together? No.
Am I genuinely interested in getting feedback on it? Definitely!
Am I excited? Oh yeah!
It's the first ten pages of the second book of a series. Perfect for me as I need to make sure to
1) Hook the reader as if it were a standalone novel.
2) Not inundate the reader with too much backstory.
3) Give enough backstory to not utterly confuse the reader.
I'm heard a couple things about books in series.
1) A reader should be able to pick up this book, enjoy it, and not be utterly lost and confused if they haven't read the books before it.
2) Regarding backstory, if it's not relevant to the story ahead, don't include it. After all, then what reason would there be for the reader to go back and read book 1?
Anyone written series books and have some great advice they'd like to share?