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This month I'd like to share something I'm struggling with in my current WIP. If you visit me here or know me on facebook, you know I've been thrilled with my most recent release, The Marine's Queen, and the sales it's generated. I've been surprised and happy with the categories on Kindle where it lingers in the top 100.
The book was published as a science fiction romance and spend nearly two months in the top 100 in that category but then a few weeks later it reached the top 100 in two different scifi areas. It's doing best in genetic engineering and remains as a best seller.
Some readers have criticized the books for too much romance, others for not enough and still others have written me letters to say it's just right. Now as I write the follow up book, should I put in more science since the first one is still doing well in those categories. So now what do I do in my WIP? I'm trying to keep it the same amount as the first book but am I balancing it correctly?
How do you know if you're getting the balance correct? What is more important to you when reading a book? The relationships between characters? The personal growth of characters? Exciting action in the plot line? Which parts are easiest for you to write?