Of course I'm working around this little problem. By the time my first novel The Lonely Affair of Jonathan Brady gets published (in it's 20th draft!) I'll have at least two (about 10 drafts each) or three novels completed. So they'll be less pressure, just rewriting what I've already written.
Of course, I'm assuming that my first novel, The Lonely Affair of Jonathan Brady, which is actually my third, will get published before the other two, and two of these novels will also be the first book of trilogies, while the other one is a potential series (the fourth novel that I'm working on is the second book of that series).
*Update: The Resurrection of Jonathan Brady just advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012!
Confused? Let's just say that in the last 20 years I've written a ton of stuff and very little, other than Lovers and Strangers Revisited and another book of narratives and essays, tentatively titled Twenty Years in Malaysia due out this year with MPH, has been published. So I'm expecting big things from me in the next twenty years, all these novels that are patiently waiting for novel number one to finally get itself published!
I'm hoping the wait will be worth it, and I have to admit, I'm so glad that these novels weren't published years ago when I had hoped they would be, because now I know, they were not ready. I think it takes courage to admit that, and it'll take even more courage to see them through to the end.
But that's what writers do; it's all about perseverance. So for all of you who have published a first novel and are writing a second, I'm cheering you on! And for the rest of us, who have one novel or a bunch of them, keep working on them and get them published. If others can do it...
***Here the link to my website, to MPH online for orders for all three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia and for Trois autres Malaisie.