If you’re like me, you’ll never forget the thrill of seeing your name in print for the first time. You hold your book in your hand, riffling through the pages. Considering all the blood, sweat and tears that went into it, you can’t understand how come the trumpets aren’t playing.

Within weeks, you are:

  • Winning work from your ideal clients, the ones you wrote the book for
  • Opening doors
  • Commanding attention
  • Standing out from the competition.

Then, three or maybe four years later, you sense a problem emerging. Your readers want you to write another one! They loved your book. And they want to love your next one.

So, you need a follow-up — a better book than the first one. That’s a scary thought. How can you even start working up a new book?

Well, you have two ways to go:

Deeper: Take the topic of your first book and go deeper into it.

Wider: Head off in a new (related direction).

So, tell me, second-time authors, are you considering writing a second book?

If so, how will you choose its topic?

I’d love to hear from you.