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How can I contact JK Rowling for permission to publish my sequel for the Harry Potter series?

I'm sorry, but the chances of JK Rowling letting an amateur, unpublished writer use her ideas is zero. She and her partners have billions of dollars riding on the HP franchise. If she is tired of ...
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How can I contact JK Rowling for permission to publish my sequel for the Harry Potter series?

In an interview, Stephen Fry (who has recorded the audio-book versions of the Harry Potter series from the start) recalled how, at a book-signing that J.K. Rowling was doing, there were ...
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How can I bring back a dead main character without cliches?

I think the main thing you need to do is figure out what tropes are connected to coming back from the dead, and which of those you want to avoid. This TVTropes page might help. Keep in mind that a ...
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How do I add tension to a story, when the reader knows the MC survives?

Tension is caused by reader's wanting to know "what happens next". The MC survives in nearly every novel, in fact the MC dies so infrequently that people don't like those novels. They assume ...
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Can I write a different book before my sequel?

It's Probably a Good Idea! Having followed a number of your questions, I have to say that until you get a literary success with a series, you don't need to stress too much about producing a sequel. ...
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Is a sequel allowed to start before the end of the first book?

As has been pointed out, there are no "rules" stopping you from having a sequel starting within the time frame of another book in the series. "The Horse and His Boy" takes place ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

What you are describing is a cliffhanger. It is an ending that is clearly not an ending. The name comes from the idea of an ending where the protagonist is hanging from a cliff, with no clear sign of ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

The first book needs to end. The problem isn't the sequel starting mid-sentence, it's that the first book needs to feel like you've landed the plane. The big issues opened in Book 1, all need ...
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Regarding the writing of non-canon works in your own universe

Yes, it is indeed possible, especially because it is your own creation. Whatever you do to your characters, and whether you decree it canon or not, is up to you as an author. Such a non-canon story ...
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Can I write a different book before my sequel?

Of course you can do that. Many top authors have several series going at once. Some authors may write 20+ novels in a series, but that does not mean they have to finish all of them before they can ...
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How do I add tension to a story, when the reader knows the MC survives?

This is a novice mistake. If the worst thing you can think to do to a character is kill them, you're not thinking hard enough. There are all sorts of ways to get hurt. Love, family, friends, status, ...
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Is a sequel allowed to start before the end of the first book?

A "sequel" that takes place during the events of its predecessor is called a midquel (or more precisely, an "intraquel"). In your case, only the first 25% of your second book is intraquel, but the ...
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What is the primary reason why sequels often suck?

Sequels are often rather crummy because the author managed (by luck or intent) to write a good book or screen play that actually communicated something to the reader or viewer, then writes the sequel ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

It is possible, but it depends on the story As other answers have noted, a book needs to end properly. The exceptions are arbitrarily-divided books like Lord of the Rings, or books from a series where ...
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How can I bring back a dead main character without cliches?

Writers have told me that for my stories believability follows understandability. If the ‘what happens’ is something that is explained and makes sense in the story, then people will believe it and ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

Normally a book is a complete story in and of itself. When it ends, there's a conclusion, a drawing-together, and a natural pause. If you want to re-visit these characters or this place again, it ...
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What books should have a sequel?

Check with your publisher and specifically with the editor who worked with you during final polish to see what they think. That editor is probably intimate with the subject matter of your story and ...
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What books should have a sequel?

Disclaimer: I am not a novel writer, but I am a screenplay writer and I think the same principles apply. The key to sequels is thinking about the question What is my character's ambition in life? If ...
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When writing the first book in a series, do you need to plan the next book also?

It depends! Dusting hands off with a smile of satisfaction. Ah, you ask, "Upon what?" Mostly upon what you as the writer want to do. Where you want to take your characters. How you want to ...
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New story in 'same universe'. When is it a sequel? How to title?

Taking your question on its face, I'd say: No, it's not a sequel, but a shared title would be appropriate. What classifies as a sequel? a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to changing the POV in the second and third books of a trilogy?

It depends on your character arcs Switching POVs to a secondary character is actually incredibly common in romance series. Each book completes the romantic arc of a single couple, and then the ...
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Is it possible for a sequel to be a completely different genre than the first book?

Yes, it's possible. While changing genres during a story can leave the audience feeling betrayed - they expected one thing but got something else entirely - but changing genres between stories gives ...
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How do I add tension to a story, when the reader knows the MC survives?

Tension is, technically, the struggle between protagonist and antagonist when they both want the same thing. Readers will experience a variety of emotions, vicarious and sympathetic, when they become ...
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Is there an official license type applied by copyright holder that allows a written work to be continued upon/derived by third-party writers?

You have two ways to go here. Add to book notes or social media or whatever you wish that you are open to people creating sequels and will grant permission to do so on a case by case basis. Then you ...
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New story in 'same universe'. When is it a sequel? How to title?

You are overthinking this, and getting out ahead of yourself. If your first book is a hit, your publisher will like insist on marketing the second as a sequel if it has any relationship to the first ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

For an example of an ending/beginning like this from contemporary literature, you could look at the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante, which track a pair of Italian women from childhood through to......
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Can I write a different book before my sequel?

This happens all the time. Brandon Sanderson currently has over half a dozen book series going on that he's already started on: Mistborn, Stormlight Archives, Skyward, Alcatraz, Rithmatist, Elantris ...
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How to invoke interest in readers for second part of story when first part is not so popular + old?

It can't hurt to try. If you have an idea for a story you can do it. For example there may still be some people around that have you "bookmarked" or are "following" you or whatever the system to ...
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