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Thoughty Thursday: Patterson Sells 26 More Books

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The Email newsletter Publisher’s Lunch reports industry news including highlights about books sold. On Tuesday, this notice was included:

#1 NYT bestselling author James Patterson’s next 26 books, including 4 new series for young readers, with 13 titles each for Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown, and Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication through the end of 2014, by Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly.

I mean–REALLY?

Do publishers even know what publishing will be like in 2014? And what happens if (God forbid!) Mr. Patterson gets kidnapped and held for ransom by a down-and-out wannabe sci-fi author who suctions out his brain-matter and auctions Mr. Patterson’s shelf space to ghost writers of celebrity instant-books paid by the word (with a nice “bump” for extra syllables) but Google Panda disrupts the brand-search when spell-check freezes the software and the whole schmear collapses and . . . traditional publishing goes down the toilet?

What if?

I’m jess all a-tingle over the wondrous writer-icity of this announcement. It’s sorta like the AKC or Westminster and CFA announcing the next 26 Best-In-Show dogs and cats, without any chance of a BOS or HORRORS! a Premiership. Oh, and those of y’all not in the show world can google those terms for your furry insider’s terms.

So what do YOU think? What does this say about the future plans of traditional publishing? Where does that leave you as a writer? Can you hear the ringing of the nails hammered into that publishing coffin or can the undead arise, ARISE and take matters into their furry fists?

Just askin’ cuz…I mean–REALLY?

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5 responses »

  1. Patterson’s work is going downhill, depending on the co-author (or ghost-writer). No wonder better writers can’t get in the door of major publishing houses.


    • Vivian, I have to applaud his whole “branding” empire. Good for him–yes, it makes it impossible for others. His co-authors typically are outstanding authors in their own right and often go on to “solo” with a big bump in their career. So maybe in a way that’s the “new” way to break out. Co-write with a mega-author.

      • I have tried to read some of Patterson’s newer works, and some are terrible: bad writing, implausible or completely unbelievable plots and actions. Yes, some of “his” books are still well-written and enjoyable, but some are not.

        *wonders if he would like an older co-author with a vivid imagination?*

  2. Funny, but Ron and I have been “buzzing” between us about the co-author business-and business it is. Bigtime. I recall illustrating a children’s book for a friend and told it wasn’t advisable for friends to work together! After many submissions it has finally been relagated to a lofty place in my studio never to be seen again. Seems rules really are made to be broken if you have enough clout.

    • Oh yes, you can break rules once you’ve got the “Golden Key to the Kingdom” LOL! I’ve been a co-author on several projects and the key really is to detail responsibilities/liabilities/etc up front. My first co-author gig wasn’t particularly satisfying. The next with my Chicken Soup co-authors Dr Marty Becker and Carol Kline was awesome.


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