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At least a hundred books published?
« on: February 06, 2018, 03:54:26 PM »
There are prolific writers so there are probably many writers that have published more than one hundred books. I am talking about all kinds of books non-fiction, novels, novelette, and short stores. I have been over a hundred books for a year or two.

Do you have at least a hundred books published?

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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 01:11:21 AM »
I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back. What difference does it make? If one isn't writing what will sell, a thousand books, a million books, not going to achieve the goal.
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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 02:37:02 AM »
I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back. What difference does it make? If one isn't writing what will sell, a thousand books, a million books, not going to achieve the goal.

I don't know if everyone's goal is just to make money. That may be the majority rule, but there are always outliers. Some people just have to write, tell stories, make something that was never there before because of the art. The money just might be a gravy situation for them.
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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 02:50:42 AM »
I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back. What difference does it make? If one isn't writing what will sell, a thousand books, a million books, not going to achieve the goal.
Depends on the goal, don't it?

That said, writing 1,000 books that barely sell one copy a month might do the trick. Also, I think it is impossible to write that many books without striking, not necessarily gold, but maybe aluminum.
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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 07:55:03 AM »
Back in the old days, when the respectable hardcover publishers restricted authors to one book a year, a lifetime oeuvre usually was about thirty-five books, give or take depending on how long the author lived. Paperback originals, as they were quaintly called, sometimes were written very fast by authors who proudly called themselves hacks and wrote in multiple genres. Some of those authors' lifetime total numbers of books were in the hundreds and as much as a thousand, according to them. Michael Avallone wrote entire books over a weekend, and I personally know people who have done the same just out of competitiveness with his reputation.

So, yes, authors with more than one hundred publication credits, all of them full-length books, exist. So do authors with that same number of credits, or many more, who only write magazine articles, although that business angle is not very healthy these days. So what? Is there any point to the number of publication credits we have? I'm sure there are people keeping score over the number of published letters on the NY Times Op-Ed page they have, but it doesn't seem like a useful way of judging the scale of one's oeuvre. If you write an epic fantasy of 200k and I write four romances of 50k, should my total be deemed bigger than yours? I don't think so. Maybe we should only count the total number of words we've had published. If we only count credits we're comparing apples to oranges.   

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 08:41:05 AM »
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I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back. What difference does it make? If one isn't writing what will sell, a thousand books, a million books, not going to achieve the goal.

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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 09:31:38 AM »
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Do you have at least a hundred books published?

No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 09:33:13 AM »
No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.
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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 09:45:02 AM »
In a previous thread, to the best of my recollection, the community here determined that it is not only possible but also eminently feasible to write five 80,000 word novels in one week's time. So it should be no real challenge to hit the 100 mark within half a year, allowing ample time for breaks.

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 09:45:11 AM »
If we're counting everything I have about, errrr, fifty stories/drabbles/novels online but only about 5 for sale. I'll never hit 100 salable pieces of work in my lifetime. I may produce, if I'm lucky, about twenty-five before I keel over.

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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2018, 09:46:33 AM »
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No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.

I started in 2010 and I had a large number of books that I had written. So I published those to Amazon immediately. So I started out with a lot of books.

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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2018, 09:54:12 AM »
No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.

This just doesn't strike me as true. Formatting really is fast becoming an old issue. If you have Vellum, and about fifty manuscripts you've written but never done anything with, you could, in theory, put them together over a couple of months, give or take your allotted time to deal with them. Longer, I suppose, if you had to come up with fresh blurbs etc. But it could be done. They might not be edited or vetted pieces, but technically it can be done. "You can polish a turd and put a flower on it, but at the end of the day, it's still just a turd." Some books are like that.
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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2018, 10:13:58 AM »
No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.

I disrespectfully disagree. Plenty of indies writing fun books in those timescales. Even if you want litfic, lots of classics were written that quickly (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for one)

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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2018, 11:07:28 AM »
I'm a slow writer, but many write fast and well on the forum!  I'm at nine books (five are short) but would love to get maybe forty or fifty published. :)

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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2018, 11:22:50 AM »
Gee, I've only written 49, but then I already had eight when I first published. On the other hand, I don't really see the point of this thread. The number of books published isn't a sign or success. I put out a 10k short story in three weeks, but few are buying, so I ain't getting rich any time soon.
       
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2018, 11:25:08 AM »
There are prolific writers so there are probably many writers that have published more than one hundred books. I am talking about all kinds of books non-fiction, novels, novelette, and short stores. I have been over a hundred books for a year or two.

Do you have at least a hundred books published?

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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2018, 11:40:16 AM »
According to Book Report I have 235. That does not include preorders, of which I probably have ten titles on preorder right now). Also, that includes a good thirty to forty old erotica shorts that are no more, a good 50 or so omnibuses, 15 30,000-word shorts (which I do not consider in my total because they're not full novels), and about 10 temporary samplers that have come and gone. I have published more than 100 full novels, though. I passed that mark between my two names in September. And, yes, notjohn. They're all total crap.

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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2018, 12:07:46 PM »
It'll probably take me a while to reach that milestone. I need to get working.

With a hundred books out there, you'd only need to make a dollar a day off every book to make over $30,000 in a year, and the more books you have out, the more traction you're likely to gain.

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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2018, 12:16:50 PM »
I have well over 100 novels and shorts in a dozen genres under five pen names. First one published in 2011.

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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2018, 01:10:33 PM »
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I mean certainly, no one wrote books before KDP, so this logic is totally sound.

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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 01:12:06 PM »
Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time.

I strongly disagree. Especially since the OP included non-fiction and short stories in the count. And as Amanda has shown repeatedly, it's more than possible for novels as well, and I'd say her success proves how incorrect that statement is.


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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2018, 02:38:04 PM »
In a previous thread, to the best of my recollection, the community here determined that it is not only possible but also eminently feasible to write five 80,000 word novels in one week's time. So it should be no real challenge to hit the 100 mark within half a year, allowing ample time for breaks.

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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2018, 02:50:36 PM »

Do you have at least a hundred books published?

That is a BIG goal for me.
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 03:57:21 AM »
Well, sure if the goal is simply to publish, then why worry about sales? I'm not knocking it as a goal, but probably 99% of the people who publish expect to make money from their toil. So, again, what's the point of simply obtaining some number of books? Despite what some say, there's no magic formula in writing. X number of books, or X genre, or X publishing schedule, Write By Number, none of it's guaranteed to make anyone a selling writer. Some things help, but nothing is a sure fire winner.

And as others have pointed out, it's entirely possible to publish well and quickly. Anyone who's been around the indie world more than a week should know that already, notjohn's usual dismissals notwithstanding.

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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2018, 04:48:24 AM »
How many pages are we talking about per 'book'?