3 thoughts on “Respect the one-hit wonder”

  1. ‘One-hit wonder’ = going viral in those days.

    For those who are well-prepared – with a backlog and plans for the future – that hit is a stepping stone. For the rest, it might be the door to opportunity that closes and locks after a single use.

    “Can they do it again?” is the question asked of the debut authors cast into the limelight by a novel which might have taken years to write, followed by the ‘sophomore slump’ when the pressure becomes too much, along with deadlines, for the unseasoned author – and the second book either doesn’t materialize at all, or is not very good. And the third…?

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    • That’s what I saw as I studied the industry.

      Before Indy, I saw that those who thrived after having their first book be a huge hit were those who put out a collection of short stories, before they tried a second book.

      – The collection gave the critics something to chew on, gave them a chance to reduce their overinflated expectations.

      I saw time and again how the second book would be slammed as being worse than the first, yet when you look at those books a decade later, they were actually better than the first book.

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