I’m getting ready to submit my next thriller novel to my publisher Second Wind Publishing and find myself in a bit of a quandary. In the first book of my Steven Hawk/Inola Walela series, Staccato, Hawk is the deputy of a sleepy county in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. ICE ON FIRE is the title of the next book and as the novel is now written, Hawk is the Sheriff. My agent wanted me to essentially promote Hawk to a higher level, but I’m thinking perhaps I should wait to elevate his position until the final book in the series: REDEMPTION.
Since I already have a publisher I am honored to be aligned with, I no longer have the need for an agent and I can do whatever I want with my words. But of course I wish what is best for the novel and certainly don’t want to risk what I already have written any harm. Changes can be dicey—there’s always the fear of missing something (even if merely a name change). And although the manuscript will be re-read and revised until my mind is numb, there’s a chance that some elements may be overlooked.
What do you think? And have you ever been faced with a similar situation?