As I've mentioned too many times, I sent in a proposal for book 2 in September. Contractually my publisher couldn't accept it at that time. But I sent it anyway, hoping for a hint of their feelings.
This looks like something we will want. Or even: This looks like something we MIGHT want.
The total silence was another kind of hint. It told me this: We will be asking for something different when the times comes.
But without an outright NO, I still clung to a small amount of hope that they would accept the proposal, which is a sequel to Pale Immortal. Without a YES, and with a strong hint of NO, I didn't want to begin working on the sequel.
I'm now working with a new editor. She recently asked for an expanded synopsis. Completely understandable. My previous editor preferred no more than a five-page synopsis, so I'd originally sent five pages and a 2 short chapters.
So I sent an expanded synopsis and my new editor has asked for some clarifications and made a couple of suggestions that I totally agree with.
Going back to the core story.
I've said this before, but it seems I always end up back at the beginning. My initial idea is usually best. My agent read the proposal and worried that a character - Isobel - from book 1 was absent in book 2. I'd had the same concern, so when he also mentioned it I returned to the synopsis, shifted things around, and added her to the story. This severely diminished another character's role, and my editor picked up on that. So I went back in and removed poor Isobel who is now out of the country. Some readers will miss her, but the story is stronger with her gone.
So... the latest synopsis is done and it's beginning to look as if they are going to accept the sequel, although you never know until it's officially approved.
YOU MOVE ME. Ain't gonna happen. Not this summer anyway. My plan was to have the first draft of book 2 done by now, and I haven't even started it. There is no way I can write a book this summer and also sell my house and move. So the house goes on the back burner. I'm hoping I can get away next winter for a month, which would be very nice. That's the tentative plan at this point.