Dear Miss Snark,
I have a question about-two book deals, which I've seen a lot of in the deals section of Publisher's Marketplace. Suppose a first novel did moderately well for the genre, and an agent sells novels two and three in a different genre in a two-book deal. If book two is complete, how much of book three would have to be written? In that case, could a novel sell on just a synopsis and sample chapters?
What about two-book deals with the writer's first two novels? Can the second one be partially written in that case?
When I sell multiple book deals the second (or third) book is rarely written at the time we do the deal.