Debut successes

From an interview with Eric Simonoff, the literary agent whose client list includes Jhumpa Lahiri, ZZ Packer, Vikram Chandra, Thisbe Nissen, and Douglas Coupland, among others:

Having a tremendous success with a first book can be a tremendous hindrance to the creative process. I don’t think it does the author any good You spend so much time touring, being interviewed [that] it’s very difficult to get back into the place you need to be in order to write. At the same time, to have a publisher saying, “Get us the next book fast.” It’s a tremendous recipe for disaster.


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