Dear Miss Snark,
I've been enjoying your blog for a little over a month now...just wanted to ask a quick (and probably silly, nitwittish like question): how important is it to you that your clients are prolific writers? And how many books a year do they need to write in order for you to consider them prolific?
The longer I write, the faster I tend to write as I learn more and more about how to tighten (and how to begin each novel with a tighter base). What do you hope for in your clients?
Thank you (kitty Bonzai says 'hi' to KY)!
KY doesn't speak to cats anymore since that unfortunate incident at the Bronx Zoo but if he did I'm sure he'd say "hi" in return.
Now to your question: are you insane?
The last thing I want is to have authors cranking things out like this was a widget factory. At most I'd like one novel a year. You start producing more than that, you'll saturate the market AND most likely your writing will suffer.
I want authors who can produce good books consistently. Fast doesn't even enter into it unless the publisher is hot to make "expect a book every February" part of the marketing plan.
Generally authors who are writing too fast are missing out on the benefits of distance and objectivity. For that, you have to let something sit for awhile, then go back after you've cleansed your palate, not to mention replenished your word pallette, with something else.
Slow down. Speed kills.