What Happens When You’re Gone?

In July I finished up Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.  I dragged out reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest as long as I could while still allowing myself to enjoy it and remember the story. 

I wish there were more books coming but I don’t think there will be any.  In Lasse Winkler’s interview with Larsson, he confirmed pages existed for the fourth book and a fifth was planned.  I read somewhere (I think a fan site) that ten books had been outlined at the time of Larsson’s death. Supposedly his life partner has the laptop with the draft(s) on it.  She also discussed the series with him and knew the outlines.

At what point should an author ask, “Is now a good time to get a will or something together for my literary legacy?”  At the time of his death, the three books were in the publisher’s hands and he’d just agreed to the German rights to the books.  That sounds like a good time to me but I know people like to put things off.

Granted, even with a will in place, the person left in charge of your literary legacy doesn’t always follow your wishes (Franz Kafka and Max Brod, anyone?) but at least you know who is going to have the ultimate say in how it’s handled.

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