As a wannabe author whose sole experience was in daydreams, I expected to sell my first book and get a guaranteed contract for three more. After all, isn’t that how all the great authors do it?
Well, maybe they do. As it turns out, I don’t.
Instead of a contract for multiple books, my contract with Walker Books included an Option. The Option says that my publisher gets first look at my next book and has the OPTION of buying it. It gives the publisher an exclusive which makes sense because they invested in me as a new author and if I come up with a good follow-up, then they should get first dibs.