There has been an interesting discussion going on one of my author loops about whether authors can truly write more than one book a year and have it be of any quality–some feel that isn’t possible. Since the average indie author makes between $1,000-5,000 a YEAR on book royalties and the traditionally published author on average makes maybe $3,000-15,000 a year–hardly a living wage in either case–writing one book a year is not an economic win for anyone other than an author who is supported financially by a significant other and has no pressure to actually make money in order to survive and keep a roof over her head.
Which is why so many authors either have a full-time day job or are stay-at-home moms/housewives/househusbands.
I tend to write fast (although it might not seem like it from the reader’s perspective) and write fairly clean, so if I wrote one book a year, I don’t think it would be better than any of the three a year I try to write. The year I wrote five full-length novels, however, I had a total meltdown in December, ended up sick and was unable to put a word on a sheet of paper for a couple of months. Not going down the 2014 road again, at least not while the day job goes on.
The general consensus among this group, however, seemed to be that the more an author writes, the lower the quality of the work. What do you guys think? I disagree; I think it depends on the author and his/her work style. Do you see a decline in the quality of work from authors (Christine Feehan comes to mind) who seem to have a new release every month or two, as opposed to an author who puts out a new book every one or two years? Are there authors (ahem, George RR Martin) you’d like to see speed it up a little?
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