That’s my goal. There are a number of factors that aren’t particularly tied to the writing of the story.
Issues like editing/consistency (the longer the arc goes on, the more consistency editing there is) and where to put the next break point.
The break point is a function of both the story (where does it make sense) and ebook economics. Many people prefer shorter/cheaper/faster books to the classic “tome” The question is, does it work for the story? That was a huge issue for book 1, how/where to break the story.
Yes, I know it’s very cliff hangeresque…but at least where it breaks, it presents a “breather,” a punctuation point. This is snowball type story, it’s very hard to put a “break” or a “brake” on a fast moving snowball.
The other factor is how much time does promoting the current book take and what does my “day job” look like timewise.
I think the ARC and beta reader ideas are actually pretty good ideas. That can help a lot. Objective readers who haven’t lost sight of the story due to all the letters on the page. At some point in the editing process, my mind went numb.
So I think I will definitely due something along that line.