Q05: Multi-Book Deals

(This post is part of a larger subseries entitled Perpetual WIPs: Pre-Pub Authors. To see the rest of the questions posed, click here.)

How many books was your deal for? If it was a multi-book deal, how are the future books connected to the first, if at all? What additional material did you need to provide, if any? If it wasn’t a multi-book deal, what’s your plan for submitting your next book?

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My deal was for 3 books, a trilogy. All I had to provide beyond the first completed novel was a one-page trilogy synopsis. I guess my publisher thought my ideas for the sequels had potential! When I actually sit down to write the sequels, that’ll be a whole different beast.

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My deal was for a single title, but I am already in talks with my publisher for the contract on the remaining three books in the series. I needed to present my editors with outlines/story summaries for the remaining books and we hashed out storyline changes and format changes and other details before the shape of the series was approved and actual contract talks began. 

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Two book deal. The second book will likely be a companion novel, but not necessarily. We submitted a blurb for a potential second book prior to getting an offer – I’m running with that concept now.

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I sold one book and had an option book that they could acquire or not. I assume if they acquire my option book, they’ll put another clause in the contract asking for my 3rd book as an option book. I write single title stand-alones so I don’t really know about how my pub works with series.

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Two books. The second book was for an unspecified Young Adult novel, not connected at this point though I have heard of people asked to write sequels or companions after a successful debut. I did provide a synopsis and first 50 pages of what was then my WIP but I’m not sure if my agent included those in the submission or not.

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My deal was for one book with an option on my second book.

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I have a two-book deal. Both books are standalones. I didn’t need to provide any material of the second book when the deal happened, but I’ve since discussed the idea with my editor and have sent them some samples. Luckily, she loves it as much as my first book!

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My deal is a three book deal and my future books will be sequels to the one sold. I was fortunate that I was not asked to provide any additional information.

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My book is a two book deal, the second of which is currently “untitled.” We do plan to pitch them a companion novel to the first book. Same world, but following a minor character from the first novel.  After that, my agent negotiated that my option book be specifically for the same category and genre, so we are free to shop my work in other categories and genres elsewhere whenever we please (though I’m sure we would give my editor a heads up about it first, we aren’t contractually obligated to do so).

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It was a three-book deal, for a trilogy, so books 2 and 3 are sequels to the first book. I had to provide short-ish synopses for books 2 and 3 for submission (I provided a one-page synopsis and a 3-5 page synopsis of each).

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2-book deal, and the second is a TBD standalone. No additional materials.

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Just one!! My book was written as a stand-alone, to be honest. Since it’s more literary than commercial it works out well. I’m planning on submitting a sci-fi trilogy next 😉

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