Pretty straightforward. And pretty easy, since the majority of my "creative works" are standalones. (And though The Wheel of Time has softened me somewhat on this matter, I still think the world needs more standalones.) In fact, I only ever wrote one book that was actually meant to be part of a series.
Except now I'm starting to bend this rule... and may possibly break it. D:
THE PAPER MAGICIAN, which I managed to get off to beta readers on Saturday (hurray!), is a standalone with sequel potential. "Sequel potential" being those safe waters an aspiring author treads in when they send out query letters.
Only as ideas for the potential sequel for the book inched their way into my head, I found that I quite liked them. I found that I wanted to write them. And oops... I've found a full-fledged outline on my computer for book #2. Bad Charlie.
I still have lots of edits to do on four different books, but at the moment I'm actually planning on having my next draft party be for this sequel. I'm fairly confident with book one, yes, but sometimes I wonder if I'm getting ahead of myself!*
What are your thoughts on sequels? Do you wait to write them, keep them on the back burner just in case, or do you flush out the whole series before querying?
As a reader, how do you feel about sequels?
*I've also, oddly enough, been playing with the idea of rewriting the first book I ever finished--a 169,000 word monster epic fantasy that honestly read more like a JRPG than a novel. But I think revamping it could be fun...