Wednesday, October 12, 2011
It's Not a Race!
There's been a trend amongst authors who are extremely successful to get a book out every year. Since I don't work with or through a traditional publishing house I don't know how much of this is due to contractual concerns and the publisher wanting to strike while the iron is hot. But at what cost?
One well known mystery/detective writer was highly criticized for his last novel, which critics complained read like it was written on a plane as he flew to his destination. Other authors seems as if they start using a template, just change a few names and situations around, and main characters begin to feel stale and uninteresting in popular series.
So my question is: at what cost is this rush to publish getting us? A high cost for the readers.
Isn't it more important to write a quality story rather than just getting a book out there? Of course it is. We all of us as readers want the next installment from a writer we particularly like. However, it isn't worth being disappointed in the results when there's a rush to produce.
So whether you're a file clerk, an accountant, a proposal manager, cleaning your apartment or writing a novel, take your time.
Remember how your grandmother always said, a job worth doing is worth doing well?
She was right!