James Patterson signs a 17-book deal!


Patterson commits to writing more books in three years than most people read in three years!

Patterson commits to writing more books in three years than most people read in three years!

In an era where most authors struggle to get a one book deal (me being one of them), James Patterson has inked a 17 book deal with Hachette Book Group.  The last book is to be delivered by 2012.  That’s 5.7 books a year or assuming each book has an average word count of 80,000 words that’s a total of 1,360,000 words in three years or 453,333 words a years.  Let’s assume he can write for a solid eight hours a day without interruption.  That means he has 2,920 hours a year of writing time.  I’m not allowing for any time off in this scenario.  That’s a little over 155 words an hour.  In other words, carpal tunnel meet James Patterson.  Notice that I didn’t included any time for rewrites.

Congratulations, James.  You really needed the break.  Where is that damn sarcasm key?  In a related story, scientists prove that life truly is unfair.

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One thought on “James Patterson signs a 17-book deal!

  1. Hi Richard,

    It was great talking to you the other day. Check out my website/blog, and send me a note.

    Best always,
    Robert

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