I think this is actually my first post of the year. Missed all of you! I hope 2018 has gotten off to a great start for everyone. 2017 was a great year for me, personally, since I was able to finally get a book published. While that was a huge relief, now comes another scary part. A book two.
There’s definitely a lot of pressure. Should it be something new? Should it be a sequel? Will it be as good as the first one? Will anyone want it? A million thoughts go through your mind about it.
If it is a sequel, you have to stay true to the characters, while still making the story fresh. It’s a fine line. Even the title is tricky. I happen to have just finished a sequel, but whereas the name Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies came pretty easily for the first, the title for the sequel hasn’t. And of course, that’s caused a lot of anxiety.
All of this really bothered me quite a bit, and I wondered how other writers dealt with it. I knew I couldn’t be the only one thinking and worried about these things, so I started scanning the message boards of other writing groups that I’m in and saw that many people who had their book debuts in 2017, are also now having the same problems. I very quickly realized that I was far from alone. I wasn’t jumping for joy that others were going through it but have to say that I was relieved.
I saw many of the 2017 group already have books scheduled to come out, while some were still in the pondering stage. Wondering what to write about, or having trouble forging ahead. It’s no easy task to have one book come out, but then there is definitely pressure to replicate or better it.
I’m curious to how everyone is dealing with it, while also looking forward to all the second books from everyone in this group.
I’d love to hear from other authors about their experiences coming out with their second books, and how similar and different they find the experiences. Drop me a line, and we’d love to get your thoughts.