I recently received an email from Helen Olsen of the Online Education Database. She enclosed an article about The Sophomore Slump for authors. In other words, the second novel fails to live up to the first.
The following well known authors did just the opposite. Their second novels far exceeded their first.
SALMAN RUSHDIE'S first novel GRIMUS was a complete flop. His second novel, MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN, a work of historical fiction earned the Booker Prize.
|F. SCOTT FITZGERALD|
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER wrote THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE in 2003 and six years later wrote HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, a literary success.
To read the entire article go to: http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/12-of-the-most-surprising-sophomore-novels-ever