The Pressure to Release More, More, More Titles

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In my author consultations, I’m hearing more often about the pressures that writers feel to produce more product more quickly, in order to keep up with the competition and stay front-of-mind with readers.

Sometimes authors think there’s a secret to producing more that they don’t know yet.

There isn’t one.

Whenever you produce titles fast, you’re making trade-offs. This is the topic of my latest column at Publishers Weekly, where I recall one of the first business principles I learned: “Fast, cheap, and good—pick two.”

Read the entire column.


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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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4 Comments on "The Pressure to Release More, More, More Titles"

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M.K. (Mary) Tod

An excellent reminder which comes at just the right point for me! My editor at Lake Union is recommending Kindle Press for my latest novel saying that KP can get it into the market faster. Hmmm.

Robin E. Mason

THANK YOU JANE!!!!! i’ve been told time and again that i need to write and release more and faster. But i just can’t do it. I spend a lot of time digging for [obscure] details to lend texture and credence to my stories. (not to mention i don’t write short) I’ve rather shrugged it off but you have given me validation! thanks so much!

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