How much is too much?

Thanks to sites like Smashwords, Createspace, KDP, etc., there are a LOT of self-published authors out there. Everyone single one has a story to tell, which is awesome! However, it seems like more and more people are getting in to self-publishing for the wrong reasons. Please note that I am not suggesting that any one should stop writing, I am simply observing. I couldn’t imagine not being able to share my stories with the world, and I would hate to have someone telling me to stop. Please keep that in mind.

I was looking through Goodreads today; partially  searching for a book that I read many years ago that I can’t for the life of me remember the title, and partially because I am always looking for new authors to connect with and new works to read. I noticed a somewhat disturbing trend with many of the authors. Some of them have only been publishing for a little over a year, yet they have 25 or more published books. I even saw one author that had been publishing for 3 years and had 92 published works. I realize, of course, that some of those books could simply be short stories, but even so, that is still a lot. So I started thinking about how long it takes to edit a book, and I mean really edit a book, as well as how long revisions take, formatting, and everything else that goes into it. Let’s assume that those are all short stories, that would mean that they would have to publish a work every two weeks to even kind of keep up with that kind of work. The author would have to jump from one first draft to the next, effectively jumping from story to story without spending any real amount of time on them. I don’t know about you, but that seems nuts to me. How can one even remotely produce a good story if they’re not focused on it long enough to develop it?

We are constantly criticized as a community because so many authors are just vomiting words on to a page, slapping it up online, and calling it a day. I don’t see any possible way that an author that has put out that much material in that short of a time is producing any kind of quality, and it feels like they are just perpetuating the stereotype. There are authors that work hard to be taken seriously and put a lot of time and effort into their work. I know that some of the bulk authors are full timers, and could put all of their focus on a work. Even so, 25 books in a year seems like way too many.

I would really appreciate a counter argument to this, and I am opening the door for a guest post, but I am being very serious. I try to advocate for indie authors as often as possible. But poorly thrown together work makes my side of the argument a bit hard.

About Maegan Provan

I am an indie author and proud of it. I try to update as much as humanly possible, but I'm a busy bee.

Posted on February 26, 2015, in book, Journal, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure if I’m the best person to post a counter-argument. I’m not the fastest writer. It is possible that some of these writers had a bunch of finished manuscripts stuffed in a drawer. Last year I published four books, but none of them had been written last year. 92 in three years??? That’s unbelievable! I think you’re right that a lot of these might be short stories, but even so, that’s a lot. I’d love to hear from an author who has published ten or more works in one year. I wish I could do that.

    • I understand that a bunch of piled up manuscripts finally being released is an option. And that is totally not a bad option. You sat on Better than Perfect, and The Spellbringers Series (under other names, lol) for a long time. However, you spent a LOT of time cleaning them up to make them presentable. And I did publish 3 of my Becoming Night Touched shorts within two weeks of each other, so I do understand that there are ways of making it happen. It just blows my mind that so many people are putting out SO much work so quickly.

  2. I can’t come up with much of a counter argument either, unless the books are ones they’d written previously (like say the author is 72 and has been trying to get books published all her life and so has some already polished up (since she submitted them to publishers but got rejected) so she just needs to do a quick spit shine on them to have them in tip top shape… Okay, that’s all i have. I had an author contact me for covers – he wanted 52 (!) because he had a book that was 52 chapters and wanted to break it up into 52 books… I was overloaded at the time, so I passed on the project but I sometimes wonder if some of those piles of books aren’t similar things? I dunno. I am all for taking time to write, edit, edit, edit, (repeat multiple times) and then publish, which is why it takes me a year to get anything done.
    I used to write a short story a week (i need to do that again) briefly but the momentum did not last :p granted I then took weeks to edit it LOL!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Crossroads Holistic

A Place to Stop Along Your Path That You Can Call Home

Parenting PTSD

Parenting Children with PTSD

REDEFINE RADICAL: STYLE BY AMY

See: Beautiful, Elegant, Bold

Three Quarters & Counting

Everyday activities of blogger who (age wise) is "three quarters and counting."

Silver RavenWolf

Author Blog

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

A writer inspired by nature and human nature

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

READER - WRITER - CURATED RESOURCES - & MORE

Jane Dougherty Writes

About fantastical places and other stuff

ramblingsfromthedarkness.wordpress.com/

Blogging from your phone has never been so...full of typos?

Jordan's Croft

K. A. Jordan - Crofter & Novelist

authorsinterviews

My interviews with many authors

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

The world of the Amaranthine vampire series by Joleene Naylor

A Writer's Life For Me.

Blog of Author Mishka Jenkins

cnlesley

C.N. Lesley writes fantasy and science fiction books

E. J. Rycer

Follow an aspiring author on her literary journey!

rushboundblog

Crescent Bound and More

patrick o'scheen

Patrick O'Scheen --author

wetinkpresspublishing

Pre-publishing Services for eBooks and Print Publications

lindseyjparsons

Author, Dragon Lover, Hopeless Dreamer

Espen Stenersrød- From Pen To Heart

Jack Kerouac with a scent of Henry Vaughn

Darker Passions

Reviews and more of PNR, UF, and darker things.

Random Musings of a Pseudo-Madman, Version 2.0

The sometimes insightful, but many times inane observations of a self-proclaimed Sh*thead living on one side of the proverbial wormhole of existence.

Jennifer's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Kanundra's Blog

Writing and life. Life and writing.

Writers with Vision

Author promotion blogsite

Shaven Wookiee

NO DROIDS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLOG....

darkparanormalromanceseries

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Wendy Nystrom

Life As A Published Author

Anna Kristell Romance

The Diva of Happily Ever After

Sophie E Tallis - Author/Illustrator

Home of the Mistress of Wolves: writing, publishing, fantasy, epic storytelling, art, illustration, poetry, creativity and everything in between!

Lisa V. Proulx, Author/Speaker

Official Website of Author Lisa V. Proulx

The Breezy Writer

This site is Winding down enjoy the free content while you can

twilightofmagic

Where does magic begin...and end?

Cold

The way revenge is best served; the way a war was fought; the way a story should be told. ©

Prescription For Murder

MURDER...MAYHEM...MEDICINE

...And Everything in Between...

Welcome to the world of my Life, my Writing and Everything in Between...

Writings Of Miss Madison

Books thoughts and more

Allison Cosgrove

Author of Murder, Mayhem and Romance

Poetic Parfait

Good poetry is like a dessert you just can't put down

Suddenly they all died. The end.

Write or write not - there is no aspiring.

cmsaunders

The online presence of dark fiction writer C.M. Saunders

%d bloggers like this: