So you’ve completed an entire manuscript and sent it off to the publishers. For the first time in ages, your mind and hands are free. You feel strangely unoccupied.
Celebrate with a glass of lemonade. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll head back to the computer within minutes.
Yes, it’s time for your second book.
When you’re ready to get down to the business of writing your second book, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. Evaluate the experience you had with your first book.
Try not to make the same mistakes you made the first time around. See where you can improve and do things more effectively this time.
2. Set better goals.
Use the knowledge you’ve gained from the first book to set more realistic goals this time. If you realized that you can’t possibly finish 2 chapters every day, don’t set that as your goal again. Learn from your mistakes.
It’s easy to stress yourself out as much as you did the first time. Of course you’re excited and want to do things right, but remember: you just published one book. You have proved to yourself you can do this. Give that book time to make the rounds, and take your time with the next one.