Second novel syndrome: Do you suffer from this literary disease? (VIDEO)

Doctor, Do I Have Second Novel Syndrome?

Doctor, Do I Have Second Novel Syndrome?

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Oct. 7 2014 12:40 PM

Doctor, Do I Have Second Novel Syndrome?


Do you suffer from Second Novel Syndrome? What about the novelists in your life? Last month Slate and the Whiting Foundation announced We Second That, the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List, to recognize five great underappreciated second novels. Watch our exclusive video to learn more about the challenges faced by those suffering from Second Novel Syndrome. And call your publisher to find out if the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List is right for you.

Update, Nov. 28, 2016: This video has been removed pending the resolution of a licensing claim.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.