Sorry for all the revisions talk, but it's what I'm currently doing and it is hard. *noms some chocolate*
As of now my WiP is a standalone (obvi), but that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about a sequel. Emphasis on *thinking*. I haven't outline a sequel and don't intend to, (unless I get an agent and it gets an editor and they say go for it), so that whole business is waaaay down the line, if it even happens at all. But right now I'm working on the ending, and with the thought that maybe some day there could be a sequel, I'm starting to wonder if my ending is too "wrapped up". I've gotten a few notes from CPs saying they thought it was too wrapped up, attributing it to a different point. But maybe it's too wrapped up because there should be a hint at a sequel.
Now this is a fine line. I want my story to feel complete, that my MC's journey is over. But maybe there's an unanswered question or two. My MC solved her problem, but maybe there's a bigger problem, lurking in the end pages, that never gets solved. Would it still feel like a completed ending then? Or would it be too obvious that there could be a sequel? Fine line.
So that's what I'm working through right now, how to make this manuscript a standalone with series potential.
Have you ever come across this problem? How did you solve it?