There is always debate being waged in the writing world. It can sometimes feel like a binary alternative universe where, in order to be successfully published, one must choose Method A or Method B.
The latest raging argument, though an often recycled one, is quantity versus quality, explained in what I believe is an exceptionally well-argued blog Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorraine-devon-wilke/dear-self-published-autho_b_8128668.html?fb_action_ids=1184395251576540&fb_action_types=og.comments).
The author, Lorraine Wilke, points out no one should attempt to publish four book a year unless they are exceptionally well written. She gives a few examples of well-known authors whose publishers, despite the quality of their work, despite the fact that their reader bases would buy a grocery list if that author wrote it, would never ask them to write in such quantity.
Reading Ms. Wilke, one would think the survival of Western civilization relies in large measure on whether some of us who have chosen to self publish before would dare do so again with greater frequency.
From the perspective of a fellow author, might I say this is just crap?
If you can churn out four books a year, and people are buying them, keep it up. If people aren’t purchasing them, your bank account or your spouse will shut you down soon enough. I think it’s called capitalism or marriage or something.
From a marketing perspective, might I say this is just bunk?
If a consumer is going to separate the wheat from the chaff, the best-sellers from the returns, then somewhere along the line there has to be some chaff. You don’t see a football coach telling his competitors, “Hey, don’t give your quarterback sixty snaps per game unless every single play gets you a touchdown.” No. He’d say, “Run what the hell you want, just don’t score.”
From a logistical perspective, might I say this advice is worth the paper it was written on, and given it was a blog, that ain’t much.
What if I’ve written an epic 200,000-word manuscript I decide is best suited to be broken into four 50,000-word books? Short read. Gets you hooked. Have another. The end.
Every one of us is looking for the magic formula to reach success. It’s long past time we all realize the magic formula is as different as our own body chemistries. What works for me, will not necessarily work for you. So just write. Write like you mean it. Write like there’s no tomorrow. Just write.