Okay - I need everyone's help on this one. I've been plotting my next book...books. Had an idea all ready to go, and as I delved into it, realized I could make it into a two book series. Two couples would get their own book, and one couple would have their story spread across both books.
Then the doubt set in. I don't have an agent. I certainly don't have a big, NY publishing contract. What if I write book one (Planning for Love), and can't sell it? Would I be stupid enough to forge ahead to book two (A Fine Romance)? Would a publisher be interested in buying just the 2nd book in a series? If I spread the 3rd couple across both books, why not just give them a bigger story and turn it into a 3 book series? That led to a quick circle round back to serious doubt; i.e. no agent/publisher.
Am I biting off more than I can chew? It feels like the market really loves series right now, and it proves to people that you have more than one book in you. But should I really start down a road that might turn out to be a dead end? Or should I scale back everything and pare down to just Planning for Love without the other two couples (which would be a shame, because I think I've got really fun stories for them)?
Please help me with your opinions. I'm truly at a crossroads. I'm ready to set pen to paper, but I can't until I resolve this burning question. Feedback, please!