No. I'm not asking for free promotions, (though I'm not turning any down either). I'm not asking you to follow my blog or pimp a contest(which I also wouldn't turn down). I need writing advice. Desperately. And probably business advice too. IDK.
I wrote a really good short story. It got a lot of attention, and I decided to self publish it. But I want to self publish it well. Every person I've talked to says that to self publish well you need multiple releases in a fairly short amount of time. I want to write the MC's sister's story. I love these characters, and it's the perfect length and piece to self publish following the first. I set out to do this and gave myself a deadline. I churned out 11 pages of what should be a 40-60 page story a little bit at a time(with ELF that's all I can do) and it was still fairly quick.
So last night, I set out to finish the story, or at least get close. Problem. The first 11 pages suck. I think that there isn't enough conflict. I feel certain that's the problem. But given the premise, I don't know how to add conflict. This is the story of a bad girl turned decent by the end. Her love interest is the hero's brother from the first story, and they meet at her sister's house. She's babysitting, but the hero is not happy that his kid is with her because of things she did in the first book and continues to do, so he sends his brother to check up on her. But the brother sees more than a couch surfing dance school drop out babysitter. I know that she will mess up a couple of jobs and end up working at a strip club before the book is over. The hero is there with a business client (client's idea) and sees her. But I have no idea how to get to this point in a way that people will want to read.
Any brainstorming help would be greatly appreciated. And if some benevolent soul wanted to read my first eleven pages, I would give them a serious virtual hug (and of course critique in return).
Oh, on the practical side: Is it better to keep working on this to meet my self imposed deadline and get this to my editor, or would it make more since to shelf it and revise a novel that needs revision? I want to self-publish like a small business, so I need to make decisions that are good for my writing, but also make sense.