Second Book Stress

A reader asks: How do you deal with the pressure of the Second Book!! Oof. This is a thing that’s not talked about nearly enough, in my opinion. There’s tons of support for getting to that debut. Every community I’ve ever been in for traditional publishing has strong cheerleading for finishing the first draft, editing and betaing, querying and then the celebration of getting an agent. Submission Hell after that is likewise an extremely well-known ball of stress with plenty of ups and downs, and that first deal debut is a landmark in a writer’s career. Self-publishing doesn’t quite have the same dynamics, but can end up similar if the first book feels like a culmination and hits great success, and then the author has to write another one to follow it!

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