This morning I've been reading a lot about authors and their challenges when writing their second novel after being signed. Douglas Hullick posts his challenges here: http://www.staffersbookreview.com/2012/07/guest-post-douglas-hulick-in-the-trenches.html but there are more to be found on this page: http://www.staffersbookreview.com/2012/07 Point is, I know some of us are kind of split between writing a sequel regardless, and waiting until contracted before starting. I just thought it would be interesting to use as reference thoughts on newly signed writers on how they felt dealing with the second novel. The general consensus appears to be: with difficulty. Even with a significant body of the sequel written, adapting to life under deadline and having to stay organised doesn't look like too much fun!