I’ve started book2 of my WIP series, and have come across a couple of questions as to what to do about readers who haven’t read book1. The main question is how or whether to get the main points of book1 across. There seem to be three main options: 1. Dump everything into a ‘what has gone before’ summary, which isn’t part of the story itself. 2. Try to weave the information into the story, which brings new readers up to speed but risks annoying those who’ve come fresh from book1 (at least, it does me). 3. Make no concession to new readers at all and throw them in the deep end – if they find it interesting but want to know what happened before, they can go back to book1. My preference would be to avoid 2 – unless it can be done in such a way that sheds new light on book1 for existing readers, which might be ideal, but isn’t always possible. The choice between 1 and 3 wouldn’t affect the actual writing of the novel. As writers, and readers, what do others think and prefer? I also have a question about POV. In book1, I wrote the prologue from the POV of a character who never appeared again, though he was referred to. I then started the story proper with the main character. Book2 begins with another prologue from book1’s prologue character, but then I have a problem. The book1 main character is also the main character for book2, but the first chapter of book2 works much better from the POV of another important (but not the main) character. Would I risk misleading new readers into thinking she is the main character if I have ch1 from her POV? Or is that really not worth worrying about?