Friday, February 24, 2017
Writing: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right
Some of my colleagues are like writing machines, turning out two, three, or even four books per year. Others publish one book per year. Personally, I'd love to be able to take the time to have one book a year published, but my contracts have always called for a book every six months or so. So sometimes the interval is a contractual matter if the author is working for a conventional publisher.
I thought I was going to have a novel published in November, which would have been six months since the last one appeared. But the publisher decided to change that from November, first to January, then to February. As that time approached, it was evident that there were problems, and the upshot of all that is that Critical Condition won't be out for a bit (even though it's written and edited). In the interim, responding to repeated queries by my readers, I've written a long novella (about half the length of a conventional book) which will be self-published, releasing in about three weeks. More about this as the time draws nearer.
But that brings up the question I want to ask. Do you tend to "forget" about an author if he/she doesn't have a new book out every three months, or six months, or nine months? What do you think the ideal interval for publication would be? As readers and writers, chime in. I'm waiting to hear.
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