Faster, Novelist! Write! Write!
Via The New York Times:
How many full-length books could you write in a year? Well, if it's not at least two, you might not be cut out for professional novel writing. Gone are the days where one book per year would satisfy public demand—now, thanks to eReaders, competitive markets, and the "gimme gimme right now" mentality enabled by the internet, popular authors are being urged to crank out double the average amount.
And alongside an extra novel a year, writers are encouraged to come up with novellas and short stories to build buzz for their next big release. Publishers say that a carefully released short story, timed a few weeks before a big hardcover comes out, can help entice new readers who'd be willing to pay a dollar for a downloadable short story, but reluctant to spend the bigger bucks a new eBook or hardcover.
For big-name writers with a devoted fanbase, publishers realize that more books equal more money. Take, for example, James Patterson—a novelist who wrote 12 books last year. (Some were aided by co-writers, but still. Wow.) This year, his publisher expects to release 13 more.
Is demanding that lazy writers up their production a good thing? Or is the digital age cheapening the novel writing/reading experience, forcing novelists to churn out crap so their publishers can sell it to a voracious market?
You can read the full article here.
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