For anyone who's been following the story or interested in the experiment of "What happens to a story when you kill the protagonist?" I have a bit of an update:
First, this is a "learn as you go" situation because it doesn't happen very often and I don't think there's exactly a rulebook. However, there has been a bit of a dip in my daily visitors -- I'm not sure if that's signficant yet because it's recent. It could be sunny weather, it could be coincidence, or it could be readers feeling less engaged because Diggory is gone.
One of the things that might be "boring" is that the story is showing the events of Book 1 from Calla's perspective -- so it only seems like so much "new" information might be made available. To counteract that feeling of stagnation, I'm also doing bonus chapters every week featuring the adventures of Calla's sister, Dahlia, who is a time-travelling CIA agent. that way, people have something fresh to read. PLUS I just started doing a weekly chapter of what happens AFTER Diggory died, instead of waiting, because then the main narrative still has some NEW plot instead of the "flashbacks" of Calla's Book 1 point of view.
I'm hoping by revisiting the past AND doing chapters of the present narrative AND the future, maybe there will be enough going on to please any type of reader -- and I figured I should say so here in case people are interested.
I'm hoping people care enough about the story itself that they can care about the new protagonists, Calla and Dahlia, and there's still all the mysteries surrounding the antagonist, Zebediah.
But, in case people thought the flashbacks of Book 1 from Calla's perspective would just be revisiting the same scenes, they are about to be surprised. The story you thought you knew might not be what you thought it was! Stay tuned!