For several months now, I've been living in fear that I might be a dreaded "One Hit Wonder."
Here's the definition of One Hit Wonder from Wikipedia: "Most American music industry insiders consider a song in the top forty positions of the Billboard Hot 100 to be a hit. Thus, any performer who recorded only one song that reached the Top 40 is, technically, a one-hit wonder. However, the term is more generally applied to musicians best known for only one song..."
And when it comes to books, Wikipedia said this: "The term "one-hit wonder" is occasionally used to refer to an artist, other than a musical performer, who is best known for a single work. Examples in literature include Harper Lee's only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which sold 30 million copies; and author Joseph Heller, who wrote several novels, but is still best known for Catch-22. Margaret Mitchell never wrote another book after her first novel, Gone With the Wind, was a smash best-seller."
Even with such esteemed company as Joseph Heller, Harper Lee, and Margaret Mitchell, I did not want to occupy this category. Happily, it appears I will not! My editor wants to publish two more books from me! I am so thrilled and happy. This is ALMOST as good as my first sale.
The deal is not yet finalized but I couldn't wait any longer to share my excitement. My next book on the shelves will be my 2006 Golden Heart finalist, Jewels of the Madonna. No firm publication date yet, but most likely in the Fall 2009.
I will give more details as soon as I have them!
Until then, I'll be humming that catchy little ditty of a One Hit Wonder, My Sharona by The Knack.