To say that I was slightly annoyed when I was told that I had "over-exposure" a couple of months ago would be an understatement. I was fucking livid. And that's because I think I try to be in touch with readers all the time. I hear them and I try to listen to what they want. I also think this article proves that nowadays, with a new digital market, it's hard to be over-exposed when readers are demanding more and more books.
And no author knows what book will resonate with readers. So the ability to produce more work in a shorter amount of time can only benefit an author, not hurt him or her. Of course every writer has his or her own pace. Nothing will ever change this. And every writer needs to write at his or her own pace in order to produce quality work. I found that with the first self-published book I ever wrote, "Chase of a Lifetime," it took me longer to get the book released because I was so concerned about quality and technical issues I never had to worry about before with a publisher. I work much faster when the publisher deals with these things. When it was up to me, very different story.
But the point of this post is that publishing is changing. It's more demanding and readers want more books from authors. No more summer Fridays off for a while and no more dead periods during the year where publishing shuts down and goes to sleep. For some this is a great thing, for others it will be a horror. I've known people in publishing who made millions and lived to brag and boast about it, and we used to joke around that they took vacations from vacations. In fact, Tony and I always joked that we do more in one day than these people do in a month. Publishing, until recently, has always been considered the slowest industry in the universe. I've even seen this written in blog posts.
Not so much anymore!