Please note: Submissions for the book have now closed.
But feel free to enter a sentence for the website!
BOOK: The Sequel is now available!
You can purchase Book: The Sequel in a variety of formats at the official website.
Be sure to read excerpts of sample sequel sentences. (Say that 5 times fast!)
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this fun (and quick) project!
Ever wonder what happens to Harry Potter after twenty years of marriage and a steady government gig?
Or what Karl Marx would say about today’s financial crisis?
If the Bible had a sequel, what would its first sentence be?
Write that sentence and you could be published! It’s easy!
- Pick a book.
- Imagine its sequel.
- Write the first sentence.
- Give it a great title.
- Click Submit Sequel Now! to enter.
Show your support for B:TS by getting the widget today.
Attention Book Expo America attendees: Take a look at our BEA schedule.
Some inspiration to get you started:
See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every wealthy wife must be in want of a pool boy. —From Real Housewives of Hertfordshire (sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Submitted by Jesse Feldman
There once was a man named Milo who never had enough change for the tolls—not just sometimes, but always. —From The Phantom E-ZPass Lane (sequel to The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster) Submitted by Stephanie Anderson, Bookseller, Brooklyn
Just as I was preparing to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race my cell phone rang. It was Warner Bros. offering half a mil for a polish on the "Terminator Salvation" script. Yes I said yes I will Yes. —From A Portrait of the Artist As an Old Hack (sequel to A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce) Submitted by Timothy Noah, Journalist
Before we begin, I must confess the most lamentable, but personally fortuitous, truth: Jane went crazy, too. —From The Third Mrs. Rochester (sequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) Submitted by Alison Trotta, Writer, Somewhere Near The Coffee Pot
Someone must have slandered Jamal K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was rendered. —From No Trial (sequel to The Trial by Franz Kafka) Submitted by Anonymous
I was the phantom child in Mary's womb, And like a phantom spirited away To this remotest village, my domain, Where peasants hold my secret in contempt And I am mocked and calléd 'king' for sport; Thus high-born Henry; thus my humble court. —From Henry IX (sequel to Henry VIII by William Shakespeare) Submitted by Norman Szabo, Taiwan ROC