I came across this interesting and timely article on Indies Unlimited about writing sequels.
I thought it timely because my newest book, P.S. I Forgive You is getting nearer to publication, and although it was intended as a sequel to my first book and memoir, Conflicted Hearts, it’s also a stand alone book because although it hitches on to my first book, it’s a separate journey about learning forgiveness for my mother’s narcissistic behavior and for my decision to not go back to her after several years of estrangement, even when she was dying.
This article explains the elements involved to writing a sequel. It mentions points such as: adding pertinent information from the first book without rehashing, how not to talk too much about the first book in the new book’s blurb to avoid readers deterring to read the new book because they may not have read the first one, and making sure your cover art relates to the first book.
Have a look at the article below by Vicki Lesage:
Following the advice of indie authors who’ve been there, you decide to pen a sequel. What? You haven’t? Well you should. It’s daunting – that first book didn’t write itself! – but having multiple books is one of the best ways to increase exposure and sales.
Think of all the energy you put into writing and marketing your first masterpiece. Now your next book can ride that wave of success.
A good sequel should accomplish two things:
Satiate readers of your first book who are chomping at the bit for more. The sequel should be just as high quality as the first and make people want even more.
Be readable on its own while making readers curious about your first book.
I recently released a sequel and while I did a few things right, I made a Continue Reading