I’m thinking, by now, everyone’s read or heard about that New York Times article proclaiming that publishing one book a year is slacking. With digital books are so easy to publish and tons more forms of entertainment to entice consumers, releasing more books seems to be the answer.
I don’t get this logic.
I think if the author does his job by taking the reader on a fantastic adventure, and in the case of a series, left him wanting more, why would he have a problem waiting a year for the next book? As a person who is also a reader, the idea that my memory is that fickle is kind of insulting.
Lee Child is one of the top authors I read. Why? Because every time I open one of his books, I go on a fantastic adventure with his hero, Jack Reacher. After I finish reading, I’m sorry it’s over and check his bio to make sure it ends with, “Lee Child lives in blah-bitty-blah with his blah and pet blah where he is at work on his next Jack Reacher thriller.” Amazingly, after a whole year, I still remember the guy.
Speaking of Lee Child, I like the strategy his publisher is using: A short story released just before the full novel. The short story is only available as an ebook and priced low at 99 cents. That I understand. Low risk purchase that hopefully leads to a bigger purchase. Supposedly this has worked well and increased sales. I’m not sure if Child is totally on board with the idea by this quote, “Everyone’s doing a little more. It seems like we’re all running faster to stay in the same place.” Seems like all the extra output has the potential to do nothing. It also makes me wonder if Child just kept to one book a year, if he’d get a drop in sales or stay the same.
It’s hard to evaluate because a)I’m not in publishing and b)this is a new thing everyone’s trying. Maybe in a few years this will prove to be the way to go. c)The article only talks about authors who’ve been publishing for a while and have strong fanbases.
What about the real star, me? How does Mocete Studios deal with this?
For now, I’m not going to sweat it. I’m not a full time writer. I have a day job along with other responsibilities. I’m sure lots of people are in the same boat as me. Some have kids, which as joyous as I’ve heard, suck LOTS of time. And unless we’re wasting the writing time we’ve set aside, I don’t think any of us are slackers.
I’m working on my debut, don’t know for when, but once it’s out, I’m going to try to get the next one out in under a year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to publish anything in between. I certainly won’t at the expense of quality. Down the line with enough backlist, maybe I’ll be able to write full time. That’s just one possible outcome, and I haven’t really thought that far ahead anyway. All I can do is work with the situation I’m in and always remember that the number one rule is to create the fantastic adventure.