The fifty plus emails that I've received since I posted the last chapter of "Triptych" last night really say it all. I'm overwhelmed by your comments, encouragement, and requests for the teaser for Prodigal. I'm trying to respond to each one and also make sure I don't send the teaser to those who want to wait until April. You are all an inspiration for me to keep writing.
Regarding the teaser, I originally intended to post it as an afterword to "Triptych" until Old Rotorhead, my editor, reminded me how much hate mail I would receive if I did that. As a result, though, I inadvertently left Chapter 48 marked as "To Be Continued." I've resubmitted this morning and asked the mods to tag it as "Concluded."
The most frequently asked question that I've received has been "How much did they actually make at the opening?" I've declined to put a solid number on it. Suffice it to say that it's enough to make them feel like contributors to the household, but not enough to let them rest. Don't forget that even if they brought in $100,000, the gallery gets 40% and the agent gets 10% of what's left. Then there was the cost of framing, etc. And lets face it. I've pushed the limits of crediblity (all through the story) by suggesting that their first exhibition is selling out with an auction. Most artists would be happy if they sold even half of what they exhibited. Tony and Kate are successful, but they haven't found a pot of gold. And the real success was in raising $50,000 for their cause with the sale of the rendering. Having it become Tony's first museum piece is icing on the cake.
Well, I need to get back to the keyboard and keep hammering away at "Prodigal." Thanks again!