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James Patterson is taking a Shot at shorter books

Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Russ, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Russ

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    James Patterson is proceeding ahead with an interesting plan to try to sell books to people who are not regular readers, with shorter, more plot driven books:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/b...rson-has-a-big-plan-for-small-books.html?_r=0

    Interestingly enough it kind of echoes what our own MOK is doing with his production, Turbo Fiction:

    http://mythicscribes.com/forums/notice-board/15879-turbo-fiction.html?highlight=Turbo

    Although the lengths are different, it strikes me that the premise is similar.
     
  2. Mythopoet

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    Indie writers have been doing this all along.
     
  3. MichaelSullivan

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    I'm REALLY surprised he is doing this with Machete - seems like a perfect thing to go indie with.
     
  4. Russ

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    It actually is the perfect thing to go indy with...except if part of the plan is being in many non traditional B&M stores.

    There are some really interesting mid to smaller sized publishers making really good money for their authors by selling bundled works at this length...but none of them have the kind of pull Mr. Patterson does.

    In the UK a great deal of book sales is through grocery stores and Hachette has had some real success over there and thus some good experience in how to make that fly.

    I say good on Hachette for trying this out.
     
  5. Miskatonic

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    So he's simplifying things to appeal to people with short attention spans and a feeling of entitlement where instant gratification is concerned?

    I thought that was what the fiction book publishing industry as a whole had been doing for years.
     
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