How many books are too many? The best available information informs us that well over 300,000 new titles are published every year in the USA. Obviously, readers have plenty of new books from which to choose.
Unfortunately, many (perhaps most) are not worth the paper used to print them. At the head of that list are those “written” by celebrities. Watch any television news talk show and see just how many times you hear the words “my new book.” These books are often from a celebrity or television talk show personality who has never written a book before or were really written by an unidentified ghost writer. These books are often available within days of a breaking news story or political scandal.
Those who have written and published books know what it takes. It can easily take a couple of years to research, draft, edit, re-write and publish. Novels may take less time to write but still require a thoughtful approach and care in editing. With so many books hitting the market every year, it is little wonder that most books will never sell enough copies to compensate the writer for the time and expense involved.
Allow me to make a request in behalf of hard working, talented writers everywhere. Don’t buy your next book based upon the hype of some celebrity writer. Be careful about #1 best seller claims. Consider that many of the reviews were written by people who were given a copy of the book by the publisher and may even have accepted other compensation for their review.
Personal Note: My first book shared my boyhood memories in a small town in the nineteen fifties. Those who read my “Billy the Kid” said it truly captured those times. Another “Billy the Kid” was published by a big name NYC writer represented by a major publisher. There was one big problem with his book. He claimed to be writing about his personal boyhood experiences during that same fifties decade. He was only nine years old at the end of that decade. His book would have been better sold as fiction and it read that way. Yet I am sure he sold thousands of copies. He is still writing books and selling thousands of them.
I am not bitter about this; just realistic and a little disappointed. After all, my “Billy the Kid” was real. I have published three more books and all are available at www.authorbillramsey.com