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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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« 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I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back.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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« 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I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back.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I would have, if I hadn't unpublished some stuff a few years back.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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« 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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« 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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Re: At least a hundred books published?
« 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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« 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.

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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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« 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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« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2018, 04:48:24 AM »
How many pages are we talking about per 'book'?


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« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2018, 07:42:23 AM »
I've got more than 2000 published books, most of them relatively short erotica and bundles of relatively short erotica. But that probably includes about 150 nonfiction and other genres (plus I've got a couple completed scripts I'm shopping around, one of which has a real chance of being bought soon). I write 7k to 10k words every day, seven days a week.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2018, 02:50:05 PM »
I've got more than 2000 published books, most of them relatively short erotica and bundles of relatively short erotica. But that probably includes about 150 nonfiction and other genres (plus I've got a couple completed scripts I'm shopping around, one of which has a real chance of being bought soon). I write 7k to 10k words every day, seven days a week.

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« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2018, 03:43:51 PM »
This is a carefully phrased question designed to be answerable as either, YES or NO--apparently it's a subject which, regardless of how carefully phrased, really tweaks a sore spot for quite a few of you.  ;)

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« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 04:57:44 PM »
Wow, do you mind  me asking how long you've been at this gig?

Like five years or so (obviously I wasn't as productive in the beginning as I am now though, I was part-time for a long time).
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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2018, 05:41:06 AM »
If you include short stories and translations, I have more than 100.


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« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2018, 06:23:01 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.

Amanda is a lean, mean writing machine!  ;D I think there are peaks and valleys in writing and at some point in your career, you hit a high point: the work just flows almost flawlessly, and the more you write, the better and faster you get. I was at that point in my late 30s, early 40s. Now I'm 65+, and work goes slower, have to be much more careful, not to mention laboring over the rewrite/edits.

Oddly enough though, one of my novels has made most of my money at 5 figures. The others sell, but somehow that one is a lasting and continuing seller. If I could repeat it, I would. But I can't, and still don't know exactly why that novel is so popular. 


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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2018, 08:42:32 AM »
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Oddly enough though, one of my novels has made most of my money at 5 figures. The others sell, but somehow that one is a lasting and continuing seller. If I could repeat it, I would. But I can't, and still don't know exactly why that novel is so popular. 

My sister had a novel like that and it made more money than the others put together. I thought some of her other books were better, but this one sold the best and kept selling.
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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2018, 02:17:49 PM »
I think 100 books is over kill if your primary goal is to make money. Better to write 10 tightly targeted, commercial books in the same genre/niche than to write 100 books that are all over the place.

Of course, it's best to write 100 tightly targeted books, but you don't need to write that many books to make a living. Three to six books a year is plenty if they're the right books with the right marketing.

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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2018, 06:38:01 PM »
You included shorts, so yeah, there are erotica writers who do a few hundred a year, and 50k novelist who do a book a week. I started in erotica and then switched to romance. If you count everything I've done since 2012, I left 100 titles in the dust a long time ago.