Recently I commented on the necessity of having a lucrative day job in a writer’s blog, and she responded by saying that the point in which most self-published authors start making money is after four years and fifteen novels.
I asked for clarification, and she reiterated that she feels that a self-published author, to be successful, should be releasing a new novel every three months. She seemed to think that it was perfectly reasonable to write, edit, and publish a book in ninety days. While still holding a full time day job to pay the bills.
If this is true, then I am never going to make it. I simply can’t see working an eight hour day and coming home, every night, writing a thousand words, and at the end of three months publishing it and then starting in on the next one. If you need any time at all for editing or rewriting, then the daily word count goes up dramatically.
I went looking through the top selling authors on Amazon, and I found that not one of them averages a book every three months. The more prolific ones average a book every year, which is what I have been going for.
Honestly, I can’t imagine that kind of pace producing anything but the most derivative style of formula fiction. I put a lot of work into my books, research and contemplation and trying out different kinds of approaches to see what works best. Some of my most productive days are ones in which I don’t add a single word to my manuscript.
Maybe I’m just too lazy to make it as a writer. Maybe I should be pushing myself to constantly produce verbiage. I don’t know.
I’d really like to hear from other writers on this subject. What do you consider a reasonable time frame for writing a novel? How many novels a year do you consider your ideal goal?