Tomorrow, September 13th, BODY ON THE BAYOU, the second book in my Cajun Country Mystery series, launches. I should be all…
But instead, I’m all…
When your debut novel gets published, you’re nervous, but it’s more of a giddy-nervous than an uh-oh-I-better-not-be-a-one-hit-wonder nervous. Everyone is excited for you. Family and friends buy your book just to show their support. There are contests specifically devoted to your rarefied group of publishing first-timers. You’re a shiny new book toy.
But if you’re writing a series, book two rolls around. Oh, there are still plenty of huzzahs from those who love you, but it’s time to go beyond Aunt Martha buying a copy for herself and the nurse who’s always so nice to her at the cardiologist’s office. To survive, authors must develop a readership that extends beyond their nearest and dearest. With that goal in mind, I’ve spent the last year blogging, newsletter-ing, signing, swagging, and mailing. I’ve commented, posted, and copy-and-pasted. I’ve networked endlessly with readers and authors, on and off line, and loved every single minute of it. Frankly, I’d like my Cajun Country Mysteries to go on forever. Donna Andrews has twenty books in her Meg Langslow series? Sounds good to me. But that’s why book two is important. It separates the Aunt Marthas from the wonderful strangers who somehow discovered your first book and, God bless ’em, eagerly await your second.
Yet as I write this, I realize that while I may suffer the Terror of Book Two, I will always have the Wonders of Book One. The terrific mystery friends I’ve made, the fantastic readers I’ve met and e-met, the super-duper publishers and booksellers, the informative and boozy conferences and conventions. Whatever the future brings, the past year has been one of the best of my life. And for that, I’m all..
Oh, and… HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ME!!
Readers, writers – thoughts on book two in a series? Love to hear any and all musings!