I have a bit of a dilemma and I wanted to ask my readers what they thought. For all I know you may not even think it’s a problem.
I have a book I wrote a number of years ago, before the Havoc Chronicles. Here’s the problem, it is middle grade (younger audience), a male POV, and 3rd person (He/she vs. I). So, all in all, it is very different from the Havoc Chronicles.
I would like to publish it on Amazon, but I am afraid that doing so might confuse readers, or that readers who like my YA may hate the middle grade things I wrote. Or that I am a better writer now, and what I wrote before just isn’t ready for public consumption. (I’m too close to it to judge).
So, here is the question: how many of you read middle grade books? Would you be willing to buy a middle grade book that I wrote? Should I put it out under a different name?
I am putting up a sample for you to read and let me know what you think. It is rather dark – but in the spirit of Roald Dahl – about goblins who control parents to make kids miserable. Here is the blurb:
They’re watching you, looking for ways to make you miserable. They hide underground and wait for the right moment to take you away. Worst of all, they control your parents and you don’t even know it. Beware the goblin gas!
GOBLIN GAS tells the story of three grade-school friends who stumble upon an ancient goblin conspiracy and uncover the horrible truth hidden right under their own back yards. When one of the three friends is captured, the remaining two must venture down to the goblins’ underground world to rescue their friend and destroy the source of the goblins’ mysterious power once and for all.
Here is the link. Use the password Goblin to access the sample. I would love to hear your reactions.
By the way – Goblin Gas is already written so it would not get in the way of Bonds That Break coming out. Which is still moving along. I’ll post an update on where I am sometime next week. Now it is back to writing…