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.