WRITING A NOVEL? DO THE MATH

WRITING A NOVEL? DO THE MATH

Part one in a series One million books will be published next year in the U.S. Seven hundred and fifty thousand will be self-published. The average length of a novel is estimated to be 60,000 and 70,000. I decided to thread the needle and use 65K, coming up with 48,750,000,000 words self-published each year. That’s 48 in billions. My 89,342 words face a daunting challenge. Who wants to be a writer? Justine Goldberg, writing in Publishing Perspectives, claims 200 million Americans say they want to publish a book. Wow. Talk about competition. I sometimes feel like Forrest Gump when he decided to stop running. Is it time to stop writing? No, it can’t be That can’t be. I can’t stop. Writing is hard-wired into my DNA. It’s nothing to do with competition. It’s not about how many words I’m up against. I’m not finished telling stories! Get it right Even if 750,000 books are published next year, most will be third-rate, at best, according to Joseph Epstein in The New York Times. In the Publishing Perspective article, Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks said, “Self-published books are uniformly badly published.” Tom Dever, TLC Graphics and Narrow Gate Books, added, “If a book…

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