How long are you prepared to wait for your favourite authors’ next book?

Do you want your favourite author to take as long as necessary to write their next blockbuster? Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison famously can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to deliver a novel, and it tells in the beauty of the prose.

Or do you prefer your bestsellers delivered every few months – James Patterson and Wilbur Smith now use co-authors, so that they can churn out several books each year.

Most of us indies writing full length novels aim for one or two books a year, depending on other commitments.

There is a compromise in all these approaches. Marquez and Morrison keep their fans waiting for years, but these two Nobel Laureates fame is such that their fans will quickly hear of a new publication and rush out to buy it. An indie writer who has built a small following would lose that audience and have to start to build their readership again from scratch if they delivered a novel every 5 to 10 years. Nor can indies afford to hire co-authors to pen their novels so that there is a new release every few months (this is quite different to the collaboration of some indies, where the novel is actually written by more than one writer).

The reason I ask this question is because, whilst the first draft of my first published novel, Secrets From The Dust, was penned over about 6 months, it was not released for about 8 years, because I was pursuing traditional publishers at the time. So, over the years I was able to revisit it and polish it, and that is in large part responsible for many of the favourable comments I receive about the novel which mention the quality of the prose.

My latest novel, The Disease, was written, edited, proofed and then published over about 9 months. Those who have already read it have commented that it is a gripping read. But I know that the prose does not reach the elevated levels of Secrets From The Dust, because I did not do my “making it sing” rewrite—partly because I felt The Disease, being a suspense novel, did not need it, but also because if I wanted to “make it sing”, I would need to spend another 12 months, at least, on the novel.

So, before I begin my next novel, I’d be grateful to hear readers views on this, and you can help by answering my poll below. Thank you!

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About georgehamilton

George Hamilton likes to know what’s going on around the world, to delve into the customs and practices of different cultures, and this is often a feature of his novels. His tales are based on people's intense personal or family dramas, with major social or political events strongly impacting their story. In addition to World Literature, he also writes multi-genre novels which include: Historical, Suspense/Thriller, and Contemporary. He currently lives in London, England.
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