Originally Posted by Anne Lyle
From what I've seen and been led to believe, debut authors are attractive to publishers because there's a chance they'll hit big. The real crunch comes when you're looking for your second contract, because now you have a sales record, and if that's not good enough, the publisher would rather take a chance on another newbie - who will probably accept a lower advance than you to boot.
It's why some authors have so many pseudonyms...
(later to be revealed!)